Let the Right One In (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Magnolia || R - 115 minutes - $34.98 || March 10, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Writer(s): John Ajvide Lindqvist (novel); John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay)
Cast: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist


Theatrical Release Date: October 24, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Poster Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Swedish (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

As a fan of most horror films, Iíve been watching rather few in the past month or so. By few I mean high quality ones. That is, until today when Let the Right One In arrived at my doorstep, and changed my perspective on the whole ďvampireĒ type movies. Yes, it changed it in a good way, so read on.

Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) is your typical twelve-year-old boy in school. He has bright blonde hair, pale skin, and gets picked on by the big bad bullies in the school to no end. He lives with his mother while his father lives far off in another village Iím guessing. Thereís not a lot of the background given about why Oskar lives with his mother or what his dad does for a living, so Iím just going based on assumptions from seeing the film.

Oskarís life to say the least is pretty miserable, as his school life is terrible and his family is rather poor. They live in a crummy apartment complex and he has no one to talk to in school. That all changes one day when he goes to play outside near the monkey bars and he meets Eli (Lina Leandersson), who strangely enough has pale skin and brown color hair. The movie is set off in some really cold place, but I canít remember where. I know, bad reviewing by me, but anyways.

The two begin bonding over the next few days, including a scene where Oskar gives Eli one of those cubes with the colors on them to solve; the name escapes me for some reason. Itís around this time that we learn that there are a murder has happened around time, and then another, and so on. We also learn that Eliís caretaker is helping her kill people for their blood, since she needs it to survive. I forgot to mention Eli is a vampire, thatís probably important. She is the normal type of vampire, and for those who donít know, she canít go into the sunlight, she doesnít get cold or warm, and needs blood to survive on a regular basis.

So as the twoís friendship progresses, Eliís handler ends up getting caught while trying to set up a kill for her and burns his face off with acid in order to protect her. Eli sneaks into the hospital one last time to see him, where she bites him and drains his blood and tosses him off like the seventh story of the hospital. Truly an amazing scene that even caused me, a veteran horror buff, to cringe. As the twoís friendship builds even farther, Eli tries to help Oskar be more of a man and fight back against the bullies and stand up for himself in the process. However, Oskar is starting to learn more and more about Eli as time goes on and eventually discovers who she really is. Can Oskar overcome his fears of bullies of vampires? Will Eli kill a bunch of people ni the town and everyone be clueless?

All in all, I really enjoyed this movie. Itís a vampire movie with a twist at the end that made it better than the other vampire/horror films out there currently. The characters are great, phenomenal acting from such a young cast, and Lina Leandersson hopefully stars in more horror films because she nailed the part of the creepy vampire next door type perfectly. If you are into vampire films or good horror stories with a twist, then by all means check this out.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (6 minutes): A collection of four scenes that didnít make it into the movie. They donít really amount to that much, so these can be skipped.

Behind The Scenes (8 minutes): The normal ďbehind the scenesĒ feature for the film. It talks about the cast and crew, as well as the filming of the movie. Itís interesting, but sadly itís fairly short.

Finally, a Photo Gallery and Theatrical Poster Gallery are available to look at.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

While it may not be reference material, this is still a fine looking film. Colors for the most part are perfect and look how they should. But a few issues hinder the picture quality, such as excessive amounts of grain and noise throughout. There are also a few contrast issues where skin tones appear lighter or darker than they should, which creates a somewhat puzzling image in a few of the scenes. Despite these few errors, itís still passable for a recent release, just not up to par with other titles.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track at the very start of the movie sounds great, but thatís about all there is except in the few brief action moments involving Eli. When there are action scenes on screen though the track lights up the rear and front speakers, but afterwards it calms down to a rather dull and monotone track. Dialogue levels are fine and crisp, but sometimes they were a bit too low or slightly higher than they should have. A few scenes however I did struggle to hear the characters (the ice rink scene for example) which were disappointing.



.::OVERALL::.

There havenít been a ton of good horror movies as of late to come out, but Let the Right One In breaks the mold completely. The characters are believable, the violence is slightly over the top, and its runtime allows the film to progress naturally and fully.

The technical package is average, although the supplemental side is weak. This is something that honestly deserves a purchase just because of the fact that itís better than the other horror movies currently available. Just be careful of who you let in, you never know who they really are. I guess that goes without saying right? It was a vampire joke and one about the title of the film, sue me.