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

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  12 December 2008 (USA)
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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let the Right One In  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$49,295 (USA) (24 October 2008)


£878,070 (UK) (1 May 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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The most fantastic and original dark fantasy starring a child since "Pan's Labyrinth"
26 October 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Tomas Alfredson's "Let The Right One In" is an original, dark, twisted and gory horror fantasy, one of those special films that are hard to classify. Not merely an exercise in style, his film is a brilliant piece of amoral storytelling, and even if some characters' actions defy any logic or common sense (I don't wanna spoil any moment here, but you'll know what I mean when the first revenge moment of the story happens), they seem to be there just to remind you that this is just a fantasy tale (but not for the little ones!). Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a 12 year-old bullied boy that befriends and develops an innocent crush on his new neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), who happens to be a vampire. What comes next is a twisted tale of revenge and pubescent love, made with visual flair (the swimming pool scene is already classic), creative directing and impressive performances by the young pair of protagonists.

Hollywood, of course, didn't waste time and already announced an upcoming remake for those who are too lazy to read subtitles. Most likely, the remake will turn out to be PG-13 in order to make more money, and be filled with moral values so the prudish parents will let their kids watch the movie (don't they know "The Little Vampire" was made years ago?). Ignore the future bomb and enjoy the original - you're in for a treat! 10/10.

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