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Let the Right One In (2008)
"Låt den rätte komma in" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Romance  |  12 December 2008 (USA)
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Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.



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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 72 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henrik Dahl ...
Karin Bergquist ...
Peter Carlberg ...
Mikael Rahm ...
Karl-Robert Lindgren ...
Anders T. Peedu ...
Pale Olofsson ...
Cayetano Ruiz ...
Patrik Rydmark ...
Johan Sömnes ...
Mikael Erhardsson ...


Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. Written by John Nordling, Producer

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Eli is 12 years old. She's been 12 for over 200 years and, she just moved in next door.


Drama | Horror | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Let the Right One In  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$49,295 (USA) (24 October 2008)


£878,070 (UK) (1 May 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eli was portrayed by three different actresses. Lina Leandersson portrayed the child Eli while Turkish voice actress Elif Ceylan provided the character's voice. The elderly Eli was played by Susanne Ruben. See more »


When Oskar finds and inspects the solved Rubik's cube, the camera cuts to a sleeping Eli who is clearly dressed in clothes she won't get until much later in the movie, when she picks it from Oskar's mother's closet. See more »


[first lines]
Oskar: Squeal like a pig. So, squeal.
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Referenced in Psych: This Episode Sucks (2011) See more »


Längtans Blomma är Storst På Håll
Written by Franz Schubert, Hans Alfredson and Tage Danielsson
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User Reviews

Twilight vs. Let the right one in: immaturity vs classics
1 December 2008 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

I have watched both Twilight and Let the Right one in.

I strongly feel that Let the Right outruns Twilight on almost EVERY SINGLE ASPECT, except, of course, advertisement, due to the inequality of budgets. (a Swedish director vs a Hollywood one, come on...) If Twilight is no more than an idol gallery under the skin of vampire horror, Let the Right one in is such a film that completely redefines people's perception on traditional vampire horrors.

There aren't many gory scenes or special visual impacts, unlike Twilight being fraught with computer generated scenes. Plus, the pace of Let the Right is slow, without many exaggerations. Yet, the audience could feel the profound impact of the film within, an impact that totally transcends cheap sensory stimuli, while exerting a quiet yet POWERFUL "shake" upon people's soul.

I felt very upset that an American remake will be done next year. From our common sense, we could deduct how the remake would be compared to the original. Before the remake ruins the story, do yourself a favour watching the originals!!!

If you feel yourself mentally more mature than 15 y.o., go watch Let the Right on in instead of Twilight. You will NOT regret your choice.

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