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Teen Critic is Thirsty for More

Lina Leandersson is a 12 year-old vampire in Let the Right One In (Magnolia Pictures)

By Jason Lacsamana

Let the Right One In (now screening at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is definitely my favorite vampire and foreign film so far this year. Let the Right One In is a Swedish film originally called L & aring;t den r & auml;tte komma in . It was directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by John Ajvide Lindqvist . The film features a 12 year-old boy named Oskar who is often bullied at school until he meets an unusual girl named Eli. After meeting Eli many strange things occur as he discovers just how different she is from other girls. Their friendship soon turns into love as she helps him with his problems with the school bullies.

Let the Right One In is definitely a must see. The film definitely doesn't lack the gore that should be found in a vampire film while still being able to hold up a wonderful story line. The film is considered to be a drama/horror/romance which I can reasonably agree with. The film often had me asking myself "WTF?!".The horror parts really had me on the edge of my seat. I found that the storyline was a romance story and although I'm not a big fan of romance stories I enjoyed this one. What makes the romance story in Let the Right One In different from most romance story was the blood and gore that complimented it.I suppose it just gave it that film noir touch which I ever so enjoy.


I must congratulate the main actor and actress for their spectacular acting.I started feeling like the characters were actually real, that's how great their acting was. Oskar is played by K & aring;re Hedebrant and Eli is played by Lina Leandersson, it seems like this is their first film and I can't find too much information about them but they seem fairly young. Despite their age I found them to play their parts wonderfully.

If there is anything I could ask from this movie it would be for more. I'm dying to know what happens next. A sequel is definitely something I'm looking forward to but I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Regardless of whether or not there is a sequel I still highly suggest you watch this film while you have the chance, I find it is definitely worth its ticket price. Definitely a film you'll want to sink your fangs into.

--Jason Lacsamana is a senior at Mount Miguel High School. He says he wants to be a Teen Critic because he loves watching movies and loves to critique them but never really had a way of sharing his critiques.He cites zombie movies as his favorites of all time.

Corrected: December 5, 2023 at 9:40 PM PST
Jason Lacsamana is a senior at Mount Miguel High School.