4 / 5 Nov '10
Directed by: Tomas Alfredson
Written by: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Actors include: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Length: 115 minutes
Considering this is a modern vampire film I actually expected to dislike this but luckily this was one of the rare good ones. It's stylish, and elegant, particularly the contrast with the snow and blood, very interesting. The cast is very effective and skilled and the plot is engaging yet simple, very easy to enjoy. It's no wonder this one made such headlines and inspired a remake (that I haven't seen). The story is about a young boy named Oscar who is bullied and lonely but he dreams of revenge. He meets an unusual neighbor girl, and despite initial resistance the two become close friends, only of course she has a secret. She can't go into the sun and she has rather odd eating habits. It's actually quite satisfying on a story level and on a blood level so horror fans who just came for the red stuff should still be pleased. Even for those who don't enjoy subtitles this one is worth the effort (plus there isn't a ton of dialogue), definitely one of the highlights of horror from the last decade.
Availability: On DVD & Blu-Ray