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Let the Right One In (2008)

Låt den rätte komma in (original title)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 72 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eli
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Henrik Dahl ...
Erik
Karin Bergquist ...
Yvonne
Peter Carlberg ...
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Mikael Rahm ...
Karl-Robert Lindgren ...
Gösta
Anders T. Peedu ...
Morgan
Pale Olofsson ...
Larry
Cayetano Ruiz ...
Magister Avila
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Johan Sömnes ...
Andreas
Mikael Erhardsson ...
Martin
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Storyline

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. Written by John Nordling, Producer

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Eli is 12 years old. She's been 12 for over 200 years and, she just moved in next door.

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Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let the Right One In  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,295, 26 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,122,065, 30 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,282,007, 5 April 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both John Ajvide Lindqvist and Tomas Alfredson admitted that they do not like or care for vampires. See more »

Goofs

When Eli tells Oskar to go after she licks his blood off the floor, her appearance changes in one shot. This was intentional - Eli is actually portrayed by an older actress in that scene, and also briefly in the later scene where Eli counsels Oskar to be like her when dealing with his bullies. In both scenes she is covered in blood, and the older actress was swapped in to give us a glimpse of who Eli really is: much older than she appears, and driven by a monstrous hunger. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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Connections

References Deliverance (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Stro Lite Rosor
Written by Sven Helin and Karl-Ewert Christenson
Performed by Egon Kjerrman (as Ego Kjerrmans Underhallningsorkester)
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User Reviews

 
Beautiful love story, great horror movie, sweet children's tale
20 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie is good.

The story is simple enough. A lonely boy, Oskar, befriends the girl next door, Eli, and with her help overcomes the school bullies.

But then there is so much more going on. There is a serial killer, who seems to pick on very cute adolescent boys and has a strange jealousy towards the Oskar. And there is a vampire who can only survive on blood. And there are some sexual undertones.

But all of it just helps a great story get told. The horror is well done and appropriate. The actors are all just right for their parts. The horror is always lurking round the corner and there to let you know that the world is a hard place even if the story we see is kind of funny or fantastical.

There are some mysteries everyone can figure out for themselves and the answers just add layers to this story that make it even better. Just remember what Eli says about what she is and take it to its logical conclusion.

A must see! On a side note, it is great to see the Vampire "rules" all upheld, of course the title itself refers to the rule that a vampire can only enter a home when he is invited in.


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