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Let the Right One In
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
We have reached the conclusion of our scary movie month, which is just as well, because I was really running out of horror entries. I hope everyone has a great Halloween. I know I will be consuming candy corn by the pound in honor of this sacred day.
Oskar lives with his mother Yvonne in a suburb of Stockholm. Oskar is regularly bullied by the kids in his school and fantasizes often about getting revenge. He meets his new next door neighbor, Eli, a pale girl his age who resides with a mysterious older man. The two become close, although it is apparent that Eli is not quite what she seems. Things get pretty gross.
I am not sure anyone gets genuinely frightened by vampires. While there are some images in this film that are...unsettling, I am not sure I would even classify this is as a horror movie. It's more like a romance that is occasionally disgusting. The filmmakers make up for this by including many shots of pure beauty.
Despite the unusual juxtaposition, I still found my attention waning. I could see where the narrative was going to take us and I spent most of the film waiting for characters to figure out what the audience already knew.
I would recommend this if you are in the mood for something different, but if you are looking for something scary, please see my previous raves.
Almost every scene contains the color red. When are we all going to stop ripping off The Sixth Sense?