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Let The Right One In….Pleeeeeease!

By Jav Rivera

I just fell in love with a Swedish film about a vampire. Let The Right One In or in its native tongue, Låt den rätte komma in, follows Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a quiet boy who’s harassed by school mates and ignored at home. He finds friendship with his new neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson).

The acting is impeccable especially from the two children, Lina and Kåre. There’s something mysteriously genuine about these two young actors taking on such troubled characters. And as serious and dark as these actors have to portray their characters, there are still several moments when you see the child inside. Never do you feel as if they’re acting.

Kåre Hedebrant as "Oskar"
I wonder, then, why this film requires a U.S. remake, and so soon. The American version, directed by Matt Reeves, was release just two years later. The reviews have been positive for the most part but I can’t help but feel that it’s a cheap ploy to mooch off of a successful foreign film. It’s happened in the past with films like The Ring, which was based off the Japanese film, Ringu, and about to happen with David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo based off of Män som hatar kvinnor from Denmark. As much as I adore Fincher’s work, I’m still apprehensive about the need for a U.S. version when the foreign version is so excellent.  

Lina Leandersson as "Eli"
The best I can hope for is that people who watch the U.S. versions will seek out the original sources. I’d say it’s a safe bet to say that the originals will almost always be superior to the remakes. Even if you disagree about the reasons for U.S. remakes, I highly recommend you seek out the originals, especially Let The Right One In. It doesn’t matter if you like vampire movies; it’s a great story with flawless acting, beautiful cinematography and amazing sound design. Honestly, I could write a series of articles just on this film but, alas, I have to have an ending. So here it is…it’s great….PERIOD.

Spread the word!  And for more information on Let The Right One In, visit their official website: www.lettherightoneinmovie.com.

TRIVIA: The title of the film refers to the fact that, according to myth, vampires must be invited in before they can enter someone's home.