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The Essentials: Let the Right One In (2008)

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
(R, 115 min.)

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The Essentials: International Horror
Free for Members. Summary: 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. But by now a subtle romance has blossomed between Oskar and Eli, and she gives him the strength to fight back against his aggressors. [Magnolia Pictures]

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Language: Swedish
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Romance

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"Exquisitely crafted."

— Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine

"A vampire movie like no other."

— David Ansen, Newsweek

"An imaginative, sympathetic spin on a classic horror theme."

— Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

"Let the Right One In is up there with the bloodsucking classics."

— Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

"The beauty of Let the Right One In resides in the way the horror remains grounded in a tragic kind of love."

— Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

"The best fairy tales always have so much darkness in them. That's why they resonate so deeply. This is a magnificent film."

— Jeremy Knox, Film Threat

"It's one of the great horror films of recent years -- and a welcome antidote to the in-your-face sonic assaults that all too often pass for genre fare."

— M. E. Russell, Portland Oregonian

"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."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Most contemporary horror films derive shocks from mere torture. Let the Right One In locates most of its fright-power in the needs and confusions of people who are usually overlooked."

— Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun

"At once a devastating, curiously uplifting inhuman drama and a superbly crafted genre exercise, Let The Right One In can stand toe-to-toe with Spirit Of The Beehive, Pan's Labyrinth or Orphee. See it."

— Kim Newman, Empire

"In the basest of terms, a horror flick. But it's also a spectacularly moving and elegant movie, and to dismiss it into genre-hood, to mentally stuff it into the horror pigeonhole, is to overlook a remarkable film."

— John Anderson, Washington Post