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Oct 2, 2012

SHOCKtober Day 2: Let the Right One In

It took me a while to get around to watching Let the Right One In (2008). Vampires? Mehhhhh. Oh, it's supposed to be super great? Mehhhhh. Repeat the mehhhhhs for...oh, a year or so? At least?...until I finally sit down- practically in a huff!- to check it out and OKAY FINE it's as great as everyone claims it is.

Let the Right One In tells the story of Oskar, a lonely 12-year-old who is bullied when he's not completely ignored and Eli, the 12-year-old newcomer who befriends him...mind you, Eli has been 12 for about 200 years and OH YEAH is a vampire. To simply call this a "vampire movie", however, is to sell it short. It's an examination of devotion and romance- although it's the only film I can recall where the "happy ending" is actually incredibly bleak and depressing.

Look, the thing is, YES, everyone is right about this movie. It's full of gut-wrenching, stop-you-in-your-tracks horror set pieces. The lead actors are perfectly subdued. The entire affair is as grim and beautiful and unrelenting as a long Swedish winter. I can't praise Let the Right One In enough, or do it any justice in a shitty blog post. It's a film a love more every time I see it. If you haven't seen it yet...if you're sitting around all mehhhhh like I was, then you, my friend, are in for a treat. Also, what the hell is wrong with you? Go watch it.

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