Friday, January 22, 2010

Let The Right One In - 5/5

With the recent vampire craze that everyone is obsessed with (you know its bad when the CW develops a vampire show…yeesh) there has been a lot of vampire trash hitting the theaters and television. Vampires are one of the best concepts for Horror films and too see such a beloved mythology raped in front of my eyes is disconcerting. Alas though, it hasn’t stopped filmmakers from pushing the genre forward still. Ergo, we received “Let The Right One In” our Swedish low key vampire flick that not only knocked my socks off this year, but is perhaps one of my favorite films of all time.

“Let The Right One In” is about like Oskar and his trouble with home and school life. He hides all of his fear and anger in himself until he meets and falls in love with a new neighbor girl, Eli, whom is a little more than he bargained for. The two then set in front of them a new path in life, one of standing up and taking charge.

For warning though, “Let The Right One In” is more drama than say straight up Horror. Which is part of the reason it comes off as so unique and memorable. The story is actually fairly simple and it works to the benefit of both the director and actors. The atmosphere is thick with the Swedish winter cold and the warmth of self discovery and the acting from our two main kids is better than most Oscar winning performances in its subtlety and impact. Match the somewhat twisty story with its beautiful visual work, the impactful character driven essence, and bursts of violence and shock and “Let The Right One In” is pairing up to be stunning from beginning to end.

Ironically, what I think makes this film work so well is that it isn’t solely focused on the idea of being a ‘vampire film’ at all. In fact, unlike the recent “Twilight” franchise, this has more true heart and emotion than most of what Hollywood can produce in a year. Its never over the top, never sappy, and never safe with what it throws at the audience. There is even a twist in the film in a half second shot that will make you rethink the entire existence and concept of what love and devotion is.

“Let The Right One In” is one of the most perfect films I’ve ever seen. It rocks, it rolls, and will even bring a tear to your eye if you let it suck you in far enough. Nothing says good Horror than the impact that this film will leave. 

Written By Matt Reifschneider

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