So much more than a vampire flick

I’m not a great horror fan but Swedish movie Let the right one in (Låt den rätte komma in, 2008) is an exceptional offering. The film has so many themes – including social alienation, the trials of puberty and adolescence, love, revenge and pedophilia – that you’ll be thinking about it long after you finish watching it.

Set in Stockholm in 1982, the two first-time actors who play the main characters – a 12-year-old boy and a 12-year-old vampire who strike up a friendship – give remarkable performances.

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I always enjoy the cinematography of movies set in Sweden and in this case the bleak, white winter landscape and pallid faces are contrasted with the scarlet of clothes and other objects – including blood.

I  can’t recommend this film too highly. It is one of the best new movies I’ve seen in a long time.  There is so much to get your teeth into…

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