Easy on the grue...
- Let the Right One In review by Kurtz
I was so excited about the reviews of this film and so frustrated at its brief life at the cinema (Cheers, Kettering Odeon!) that I bought the novel to tide me over before it appeared on DVD- big mistake; the book is a headstomping, eyeballs out gruefest which would have made Stephen King wince, so when the movie finally re-appeared I approached it with some trepidation. Needn’t have worried though. The gore is reigned in here (though still present in short bursts) and the director focuses instead on the odd, dangerous friendship between the two leads. Brilliantly done with some fantastic shots of snowy Sweden. If you liked this, check out “Frostbiten”-what is it with the Swedes and vampires?
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My first girlfriend the vampire - superb stuff!
- Let the Right One In review by RP
Excellent. I really enjoyed this film. Yes, it's a vampire film - but not some silly 'undead' coffin-sleeping virgin-attacking fang-toothed count-in-a-cape tale, nor yet a host of bloodsuckers attacking an unsuspecting town, or whatever the latest craze might be.
Set in 1982, it is a gentle tale about a bullied 12 year old schoolboy, who is befriended - and protected - by the newcomer girl next door, who just turns out to be a vampire. There's a lot of social mileage covered here if you look beyond the headline story - the role of drink in Swedish society, marital breakup, bullying, incidents happening unnoticed on our doorstep, the reluctance to report things to the police.
There is violence but, while shocking, it is not gratuitous in-your-face violence but plays an effective part of the story. There are no make-you-jump moments, but the film is all the more effective for that as it forces you to think ahead to what the conclusion might be. And when the conclusion arrives it is satisfyingly bloody and tastefully gruesome if there is such a thing...
The film includes deliberate ambiguity: is Eli (the vampire) a girl, or a boy? Is the ending a dream sequence?
Superb stuff. 5/5 stars - highly recommended.
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Not bad but not that good.
- Let the Right One In review by JD
As I write, 5 previous reviewers have given 5 stars and 4 have given 4 stars. I requested this DVD mainly on the basis of these very high ratings. I confess I am not a fan of horror. I always find myself wondering how they do the special effects and why the acting is so poor. For horror fans particularly of the child vampire persuasion this is great. For those who like a drama or action/adventure it is not worth the detour.
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