Let the Right One In

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In Brief: What a relief — and what a delight — it is to be able to praise a horror film without a string of qualifiers and excuses! Sure, there’ve been a handful of horror pictures in the past few years that deserved a look, but all required caveats about how this or that or the other thing doesn’t work, how a clunky opening has to be overlooked or a lame ending comes close to ruining the movie. There’s no need for that with Let the Right One In. Indeed, this is a horror film — and make no mistake, it is a horror film and an R-rated one at that — that edges its way into the realm of dark fantasy à la Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). If it doesn’t quite enter that realm, that’s no disgrace — very few films do. Brilliantly made — and with moments of very real sadness and genuine charm — Let the Right One In is that rare horror movie that stands apart from the crop and shows the rest of the moviegoing world that not all genre efforts are rubbish. Here is proof — if proof is needed — that the genre can be, and sometimes is, just as valid as any other. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke originally published on Dec.17, 2008.
Genre: Horror
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist
Rated: R

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Let the Right One In Nov. 2, at the new Flood Gallery location in Black Mountain, 850 Blue Ridge Road, Unit A-13, Black Mountain.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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