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You may think the Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In” directed by Tomas Alfredson is “Twilight” for tweeners, but you’d be wrong. Neither is it a gorefest screamer flick, but a film of such subdued horror that fans of that drama are bored and film critics are seduced into thinking of it as a dark romance.
In Film Threat’s review Jeremy Knox, to give one example, says “‘Let The Right One In’ is a touching story about loneliness and falling in love with someone who fills the hole in your heart.“He is wrong, though, undeniably, there is a sweetness to the film. Oskar, played by Kare Hedebrant, the forlorn boy, from a broken home, bullied at school, is a psychopath not yet in bloom. He spends his time stabbing trees and practicing the final taunt to his tormentors. He manages to look colder than the pale new neighborhood girl, Eli, played by Lina Leandersson, who walks through the wintry nights barefooted and coatless. It is Eli, a vampire “more or less” twelve, that gives Oskar the opportunity and encouragement he needs to release his inner bloodthirst.
[SPOILERS lurk below]