Let the Right One In

Release Date: October 24th, 2008

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

When Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a sensitive, bullied 12-year-old boy living with his mother in suburban Sweden, meets his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli (Lina Leandersson), they strike up a friendship. Initially reserved with each other, Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. Eventually, Eli shares her dark, macabre secret with Oskar, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders.

Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Peter Carlberg, Ika Nord, Mikael Rahm

Director: Tomas Alfredson

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Canal+, Sandrew Metronome

Keywords: School , Murder , Love , 1980s , Underdog , Dark , Revenge , Fascinating , Mother , Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Funny, fear-inducing, with periods of voyeuristic gore and an undercurrent of anxiety and dread, Let the Right One In is up there with the bloodsucking classics. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A remarkably fine and genuinely frightening movie about a teenage vampire. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A moody adaptation of the Swedish best-seller about a fateful mortal-vampire romance, Let the Right One In is atypically literate and unexpectedly affecting suspense fare. Complex characters, ominous situations fraught with mortality and the recklessness of youthful ardor create a tense and subtly shaded narrative. show more

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Winner Best Cinematography
Guldbagge Award (2009)
Winner Best Screenplay
Guldbagge Award (2009)
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)