Here’s the next installment of my top 31 horror films since 2000.
#19. Let the Right One In (2008)
A bullied boy befriends a girl who has just moved into the same apartment complex with her father. The emotional connection between them grows stronger as each senses the other’s weaknesses and is compelled to protect and save them from harm and from themselves.
Once again European cinema, in this case, Swedish, re-imagines the exhausted vampire story and does so with such patience, intelligence and innovation that it makes almost all other attempts seem garish, vulgar and utterly puerile in comparison. We’re never told to feel for these kids; we’re never made to empathize with them. Instead, we are carefully allowed to come to those realizations on our own. It’s so refreshing. Action, though sparse, is inventive and unruly, making the acts of horror seem really horrible. LTROI has one of the coolest and brilliantly conceived set pieces in horror film history that is both shockingly violent and totally kick-butt at the same time.
I’m a sucker for love stories, especially those involving untainted innocent love. LTROI is one of the best vampire films ever made and one of the best love stories ever told. It never stops charming. It never stops surprising. Please don’t watch the silly American remake first. There’s a TV series on the way, which screams catastrophic as it completely misses the point of why vignette is always better than prolonged ogling. When will they ever learn?
Check out the trailer below and be sure to tune in tomorrow for #18.