Let the Right One In (Lat den ratte komma in)

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  • A young boy befriends the new girl in town who turns out to be a vampire

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A fragile, anxious boy, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boy's wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli, also 12, who moves in next door to him with her father. A pale, serious young girl, she only comes out at night and doesn't seem affected by the freezing temperatures. Coinciding with Eli's arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. One man is found tied to a tree, another frozen in the lake, a woman bitten in the neck. Blood seems to be the common denominator--and for an introverted boy like Oskar, who is fascinated by gruesome stories, it doesn't take long before he figures out that Eli is a vampire. But, by now a subtle romance has blossomed between Oskar and Eli, and she gives him the strength to fight back against his aggressors. Oskar becomes increasingly aware of the tragic, inhuman dimension of Eli's plight, but cannot bring himself to forsake her. Frozen forever in a 12-year-old's body, with all the burgeoning feelings and confused emotions of a young adolescent, Eli knows that she can only continue to live if she keeps on moving. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can.

Cast

  • Kåre Hedebrant
  • Lina Leandersson
  • Per Ragnar
  • Henrik Dahl
  • Karin Bergquist
  • Peter Carlberg
  • Ika Nord
  • Mikael Rahm
  • Karl-Robert Lindgren
  • Anders T. Peedu

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • 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 the lyrics to the song "Let the Right One Slip In" by Morrissey.
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Goofs

  • (at around 42 mins) When Oskar goes to visit his father, his cheek appears untainted, despite the scar and bandage from before. Later, the bandage is back on and even later, the scar appears.
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Quotes

    • Lacke: Thank you again for another evening steeped in merriment and friendship.
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Metacritic

100

This is one of the real finds of 2008.

Metacritic review by Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
88

Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. It's a winner, full of mirth and malice, plus a young romance you'll never see on the Disney Channel.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone