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Horror Movie Reviews: Let The Right One In

Updated on May 24, 2010

Let The Right One In Movie Review

Let The Right One In - a review of this vampire horror film.
Let The Right One In - a review of this vampire horror film.

Let The Right One In

 Let The Right One In is a foreign film that has subtitles and it really does draw you into the two central characters, one a lonely boy called Oscar who gets bullied at his school and is almost non existent to his family and anyone around him, until he meets his new neighbour a 12 year old girl called Eli who just happens to be a 200 year old vampire and these two characters just seem to strike up a friendship and this I suppose is what makes it appealing and draws you into these two characters and what might happen next, as Eli must kill to survive.

Even though the film is in subtitles, it makes it all the more absorbing to follow and like many foreign films with subtitles you seem to forget about the language that you don't understand and concentrate fully on the captions and the action which relate to the story. There are two scenes which stand out in this film for me, although there are few others, but one scene in particular when Eli asks to come in and Oscar wonders what would happen if he didn't let her and we all know the classic thing about vampires they have to be invited to come in, and because he didn't invite her in at first she starts to shake and bleed out of hers eyes, ears and head and this freaks Oscar out and he suddenly cries "Alright, you can come in!"

The other scene is right at the end and it's the swimming pool scene were the school bullies have set something up were they will get Oscar alone to see if he can hold his breath under water for 3 minutes and if he can't they will gouge out one of his eyes(the meanies!) But then revenge comes quite swift as all the bullies are massacred in off the screen style as we see an underwater camera still fixed on Oscar with one of the bullies hands on Oscars head holding him down, a brilliantly original movie moment!

Although there are some aspects that are not quite clear such as a few deaths that seemed to happen around Oscar and no police intervention which was slightly odd, but then again the focus was more on the two central characters becoming friends and having character building moments throughout the film.

I recommend this one, only to those who like to watch foreign movies that have something unique and interesting to say and don't copy a tired formula of Hollywood horror films too much.

The word is that Hollywood is going to remake this movie, which will result in a dire remake, just like many before, watch this one instead it has all the makings of a classic and isn't an Americanized movie that spouts cliche after cliche.

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    • waynet profile image

      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah I've watched the remake and didn't think it was that good, watchable but the first one was way better!

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      myi4u 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I watched both Let the Right One In and Let Me In just a couple of days ago. I must say Let Me In is by far better than Let the Right One In. Have you watched Let Me In?

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      It is a great horror movie!

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      lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      I guess I'll have to get this one from Netflix on Blu Ray. I've heard a lot of great things about it, just wasn't ever on my "really put priority in seeing" list.

      Thanks for your nice lil'review.

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Mick and Stu!

      I quite often prefer the original intent of the first films after any remake, although what they've done with the new Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday The 13th was good, but sometimes you know some films aren't supposed to be remade by the Americans or anyone for that matter. because it won't capture the original atmosphere and character building of the original.

      Thanks for the comments guys!

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      stu-smith72 7 years ago from UK

      Nice to see someone else whose had the joy of discovering this masterpiece. I totally agree with the swimming pool scene being really something special, one of the best shots of any horror ive ever seen.

      Its so sad that they feel like they have to remake it just to reach a wider audience when this version couldnt have dated in the past 12 months and really cant be improved upon. although the good news is Matt Reeves is at the helm and the leads are played by Hit Girl from Kick-Ass (Chloe Mortez) and the boy from the road. 2 pretty darn good kid actors. i reckon itll be good but it wont be anywhere near as good as the original and should simply have never been made

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      MickS 7 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Watcha Wayne,

      nice write up, I'll give that ago when I can get it for home, no cinema here.