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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.


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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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Did You Know?


The title of the film (as well as the novel upon which it was based) refers to the fact that, according to myth, vampires must be invited in before they can enter someone's home (this is shown in the film when Eli asks Oskar to invite her into his apartment). The English-translated title of the book and film, "Let The Right One In", is taken from lyrics to the song "Let the Right One Slip In" by Morrissey. See more »


When Eli kisses Oskar right after sucking out Lacke, her mouth and nose are covered with blood. However, after the intense kissing, Oskar is seen without any blood on his face. See more »


[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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Referenced in The Vampire Diaries: Let the Right One In (2010) See more »


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A great story about early adolescence, revenge, and yes, vampires
31 May 2008 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I saw several movies at the Seattle International Film Festival this year, and Let the Right One In was by far my favorite of the bunch. It's primarily a movie about how friendship can help you find your own personal strength. Two lonely children meet and change each other's lives. The fact that one is a vampire makes the movie even more interesting and unique, but it's not the most important plot detail. The cold darkness of Sweden makes the perfect backdrop for the story. It was so refreshing to see a vampire movie that doesn't rely upon cheap scares, fangs and gore. The only scene I didn't enjoy involved cats with computer animated faces - it looked very stupid and out of place, but this was a small disappointment in an otherwise outstanding film. I highly recommend this movie.

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