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

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  24 October 2008 (Sweden)
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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

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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Storyline

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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Drama | Horror | Romance

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

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Also Known As:

Let the Right One In  »

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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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 »

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The bully would have had to rotate his arm 180 degrees from the direction in which he'd "normally" hold Oscar's hair, for it to be positioned with his knuckles facing back toward himself, as shown in the underwater shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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Flash in the Night
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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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