Owen Gleiberman
October 24, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Let the Right One In

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
114 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/24/08
performer
Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
director
Tomas Alfredson
distributor
Magnet
author
John Ajvide Lindqvist
genre
Horror

We gave it a C

According to the new school of cinematic dread — it kicked in over the last decade with J-horror films — a fright flick is eerier if it doesn’t make sense. If random arty blood thrills are your cup of fear, perhaps you’ll enjoy Let the Right One In, a Swedish head-scratcher that has a few creepy images but very little holding them together. A serial killer, who bleeds his victims in public places (Why? Who knows?), has a 12-year-old daughter who’s a vampire. Who befriends the blond boy next door. Who skulks through the movie in a blank-faced torpor that will have you screaming…for something coherent to happen. C

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