Genre Grandeur – Let The Right One In (2008) – Sweet Archive

horror-filmFor this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Horror Films, here’s a review of Let The Right One In (2008) by Reut of Sweet Archive

Thanks again to Jane of 500 Days of Film for choosing this month’s interesting (if not uncomfortable for me) genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Prime Six.  He has chosen another unique genre for this coming month.  We will be reviewing our favorite Realistic Films.

Here’s his interpretation of the genre:

We all put reviews in for films we think are realistic, for example Gravity has real physics behind it and Saving Private Ryan is a realistic depiction of war.

To be clear, not ‘real’, not a true story or documentary. What comes to mind when you think of the most realistic film you’ve ever seen? So Fast and Furious and Comic book films are all (mostly?) out.

It’s a weird topic, not even a genre, more of an opinion but I think it could be interesting.

A few examples just so we can have a good idea and get the ball rolling

David Ayer crime stuff

Nolan Batman


Watchmen could have an argument


Rambo 1 / First Blood perhaps

Easy A

12 Angry Men 


There’s a huge range of genre’s covered by this topic, clearly. It could be interesting to see what people define as ‘realistic’ in Hollywood – they’re not right or wrong because it’s opinion based. 

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Prime Six!

Let’s see what Reut thought of this movie:


indexLet the Right One in (2008)

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

Let the Right One In is not your usual Horror movie. At first, I wasn’t sure it could be included in the Horror genre, but IMDb says it is so I went for it. IMDb knows all.

I like this movie for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s Swedish, which automatically makes it worth watching (to me). I have a strong (almost uncontrollable) fetish to foreign films and ever since Bron/Broen (the Swedish/Norwegian original version of The Bridge) I’m really into Scandinavian TV shows and movies. The movie includes many fantastical elements very much suited with the Scandinavian scenery which always consists of a dusky and magical atmosphere that I really love.

The brilliant plot is my second reason. Oskar is a pale and quiet kid (with the blondest hair I’ve ever seen) who gets picked up on by the school bullies, starting from being nicknamed a pig and told to squeal and having his pants sulked in pee to being cut bled and whipped with a stick. And then comes Eli, out of nowhere. A strange girl wearing shabby clothes and no shoes. She always pops out at night and keeps Oskar company while he sits outside in the freezing snow playing with his Rubik’s cube. There’s a man that guardians Eli. He does whatever he possibly can to care for her, and still does it so poorly, like fucks up every time. Eli and Oskar slowly befriend and there are sparkles of young love in the air. So far, not so much your Horror type. It’s when a series of brutal murders occur that things start to rumble.

Let the Right One In is a dark coming of age Dramatic Horror, set up in a snow cold Swedish suburbia. The story’s brilliant, perfectly fitted in its bloodsucking genre bringing lots of originality and charm. Lina Leandersson as Eli and Kåre Hedebrant as Oskar make a perfect pair of light and darkness, hitting it off like in an urban fairy-tale. The plot transitions between sweet, sad and disturbing resulting in your mood flipping ever so fast. I’m not quite familiar with the director, Tomas Alfredson, but the guy knows what he’s doing.  I would dare to say Let the Right One In is one of the best foreign films I’ve ever seen.

Always inevitable, there’s a 2010 American spin-off, Let Me In, starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Eli. Good movie, not as good as the Swedish one. I like Moretz as an actress, but Lina Leandersson makes a much better Eli.

4 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Let The Right One In (2008) – Sweet Archive

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  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    It feels like my movie choices are getting weirder by the minute, but I’m so glad I had this Scandinavian masterpiece in mind for this month’s Horror GG. Thanks to our lovely and most talented Rob and to Jane of 500 Days of Film for choosing this fantastic genre. תודה!


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