It's a pity that 'Let the Right One In' has arrived in our cinemas when the nights are getting shorter and the days a little warmer, because if ever a film deserved to be seen in the depths of winter, it's this one. Already an audience favourite at the Dublin International Film Festival, Tomas Alfredson's vampire coming-of-age movie will excite even those who've long lost patience with today's offerings in the horror genre.
Oskar (Hedebrant) is a misfit 12-year-old who lives with his mother in a Stockholm apartment block. Bright and bookish but obsessed with knives and murders, Oskar is bullied at school and in the safety of his own bedroom fantasises about revenge. His isolation is broken by the arrival of the smart and strange Eli (Leandersson) as his next-door-neighbour. Oskar is immediately drawn to her because she seems as much of an outcast as he is. But both of them are in great danger from any friendship that may develop.
'Let the Right One In' makes you want to do two things after watching it: watch it again and buy the John Ajvide Lindqvist book of the same name on which it is based. This is a film which mixes scares and tenderness in just the right quantities and has you wishing the best for its odd couple but expecting the worst. The young stars are superb, the locations (think a block of flats in a snowglobe) are perfect and Alfredson shows throughout that he is as adept at putting a lump in your throat as he is at putting your heart in your mouth. To say anymore would be to spoil the treat that awaits.
A new cult classic.