Let the Right One In (2008) Poster


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Several tricks were used to create the right sound effects for some of the gorier scenes. Biting into sausages was used to replicate biting into skin and flesh, and drinking yogurt was used to sound like drinking blood. The sound of the children blinking was made by the skin of a grape rubbing against each other in an almost "blinking" motion.
Almost every scene in the movie contains the color red or red/orange, a clear reference to the color of blood, the only food Eli can consume.
Though the film takes place in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, the film principal photography was shot in Luleå in the north of Sweden, to ensure enough snow and cold weather.
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.
Eli was portrayed by three different actresses. Lina Leandersson portrayed the child Eli while Turkish voice actress Elif Ceylan provided the character's voice. The elderly Eli was played by Susanne Ruben.
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).
The word "vampire" is only said once in the film.
The film takes place in 1981.
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Despite being asked twice by Oskar, Eli never reveals her true age. It is often speculated that Eli is around 300 years old.
Both John Ajvide Lindqvist and Tomas Alfredson admitted that they do not like or care for vampires.
Included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider.
In the bed scene with Oskar and Eli, she plays a game of "how many fingers am I using" by tapping on his back that seems somewhat out of character for her. In a deleted scene which was apparently intended to precede this scene, Oskar plays this game with her and she does not understand it (although she does correctly guesses the number of fingers). Her version of the game appears to be using different words, as if she can not quite remember what it was that he said.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the film's final scene, Oskar and Eli use Morse code to communicate. They are tapping out the letters P-U-S-S, which is Swedish for "small kiss."
Eli asks Oskar if he would still like her if she was not a girl. This is not only a reference to her being a vampire, but to the fact that, in the book, Eli is actually a boy who was castrated at the same time that he was turned into a vampire. This is briefly referenced in a scene where Eli's scarred genitalia is shown.
Late in production, it was decided that Lina Leandersson's voice would be replaced by a darker voice, because the character of Eli was supposed to be an androgynous boy who had been castrated, and Leandersson's voice was considered too delicate and feminine to depict that. Elif Ceylan was chosen for her less feminine, more androgynous tone. Sound designer Per Sundström stated that her voice also made the character more threatening.
In the scene where Oskar spies on Eli changing clothes and sees her scarred genitalia, a mannequin was used to depict the shot.
Lina Leandersson was cast primarily because of her androgynous appearance at the time.

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