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Let the Right One In (2008)
"Låt den rätte komma in" (original title)

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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eli
Per Ragnar ...
Henrik Dahl ...
Erik
Karin Bergquist ...
Peter Carlberg ...
Lacke
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Mikael Rahm ...
Jocke
Karl-Robert Lindgren ...
Gösta
Anders T. Peedu ...
Morgan
Pale Olofsson ...
Cayetano Ruiz ...
Patrik Rydmark ...
Johan Sömnes ...
Andreas
Mikael Erhardsson ...
Martin
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Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. Written by John Nordling, Producer

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Eli is 12 years old. She's been 12 for over 200 years and, she just moved in next door.

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Rated R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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24 October 2008 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£224,154 (UK) (10 April 2009)

Gross:

£878,070 (UK) (1 May 2009)
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Voted movie of the year by Empire magazine (the first time a foreign language film topped their list since City of God (2002) in 2003). See more »

Goofs

As Oskar is looking in his clip book with old newspaper articles, a serial number used by the Swedish police is visible. That number ends with 95, which means that crime was committed in 1995. The movie, however, is set in 1982. See more »

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[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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Flash in the Night
Written by Tim Norell & Björn Håkanson
Performed by Secret Service
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Beautiful love story, great horror movie, sweet children's tale
20 February 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is good.

The story is simple enough. A lonely boy, Oskar, befriends the girl next door, Eli, and with her help overcomes the school bullies.

But then there is so much more going on. There is a serial killer, who seems to pick on very cute adolescent boys and has a strange jealousy towards the Oskar. And there is a vampire who can only survive on blood. And there are some sexual undertones.

But all of it just helps a great story get told. The horror is well done and appropriate. The actors are all just right for their parts. The horror is always lurking round the corner and there to let you know that the world is a hard place even if the story we see is kind of funny or fantastical.

There are some mysteries everyone can figure out for themselves and the answers just add layers to this story that make it even better. Just remember what Eli says about what she is and take it to its logical conclusion.

A must see! On a side note, it is great to see the Vampire "rules" all upheld, of course the title itself refers to the rule that a vampire can only enter a home when he is invited in.


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