Director: Tomas Alfredson Release Date: 29 July Review by Paul Metcalf Movie making is an art, and the movies produced are like any painting on a canvas or a work of literature such as a poem or a novel. When a movie is bad and disliked it’s just like a bad painting - we don’t want to see it. If the movie is good though, it can be the most exciting thing in the world to the viewer. Even if it’s just one person that feels that joy, then it’s worth it. I started this review like that because that’s what I think of Let the Right One In. It’s a work of art. Some may not like it. It’s not the scariest horror movie ever made. It’s not made to make you jump out of your seat and it’s definitely not one of the new gimmicky 3D movies that everybody just loves. Let the Right One In is a story of love, a story of a vampire and a story of a troubled young boy. The young boy in question is Oskar who is 12 years old. An Outsider at school he hides violent fantasies of revenge against the bullies that attack him. One night he meets Eli a vampire forever frozen at the age of 12, and that’s where Oskar’s life changes forever. Throughout the movie we watch their friendship grow, watch Oskar’s confidence strengthen and love blossom between two people lonely in a world that can never understand them. What makes this movie any different than something like Twilight that seems so popular nowadays? The story is arguably stronger than Twilight’s paper-thin teen pleasing format. It deals with emotions in a more mature way than Twilight even though both of the main characters do not understand the feelings that are forming between each other as they are both only 12 years old. Even though Eli is hinted to be over 200 years old she still has the emotions of a child that age, she is still child-like in the way she acts. This version of the vampire is quite original in a genre that has been swamped with creatures ranging from the animalistic to the darkly seductive. Eli appears to be quite feral at times, ranging from an innocent young child, a haggard looking old woman and the blood sucking creature that appears when she feels the need to feed. The subtle nature of the acting involved to create the role makes us feel pity for Eli even when she has to feed, she’s not an evil character; more a child forced to live forever with the curse of drinking blood. As I have said, this movie is a work of art. The director does not go for the big shocks to scare us, what he goes for with this movie is a haunting movie that will keep you thinking long after you’ve finished watching. On repeated views it will also make you think more and more of the themes that flow underneath the story, will start to fill in what we are not in the narrative, you will be dragged into the lives of these two children and made to wonder just how their story will end. The director Tomas Alfredson recorded the commentary for this movie with the author John Ajvide Lindqvist. Listening to the conversation by the two you gain an insight into what is missed out of the book and has been changed for the movie. One of the more interesting comments I heard was about the Rubik’s Cube featured in the movie, this is a must listen for any horror fan as it is quite a fan boy moment. It’s arguable that Let the Right One In is not a movie for everybody. This is a Swedish movie with subtitles, it’s not a fright fest as some people expect from horror movie it’s just in my opinion a good movie. If you are willing to give it the time there is a chance you’ll really enjoy it as much as I did. Or of course you could wait for the upcoming remake Hollywood is planning Let Me In. I know which version I’d go for, the original and best.