Let the Right One In (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Let the Right One In (2008)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 97,839 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Romance
  • Release Date: 24 October 2008 (Norway)
  • Runtime: 115 min
  • Filming Location: Blackeberg, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
  • Budget: $4,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $7,282,007(Worldwide)(5 April 2009)
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson and Per Ragnar
  • Original Music By: Johan Söderqvist   
  • Soundtrack: Dags å välja sida
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Girl | Blood | Suburb | Boy | Revenge

Writing Credits By:

  • John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay)
  • John Ajvide Lindqvist (novel)

Known Trivia

  • The title of the film (as well as the novel upon which it was based) refers to the fact that, according to myth, vampires must be invited in before they can enter someone’s home (this is shown in the film when Eli asks Oskar to invite her into his apartment). The English-translated title of the book and film, “Let The Right One In”, is taken from lyrics to the song “Let the Right One Slip In” by Morrissey.
  • Though the film takes place in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, the film principal photography was shot in Lule√• in the north of Sweden, to ensure enough snow and cold weather.
  • Several tricks were used to create the right sound effects for some of the gorier scenes. Biting into sausages was used to replicate biting into skin and flesh, and drinking yogurt was used to sound like drinking blood. The sound of the children blinking was made by the skin of a grape rubbing against each other in an almost ‘blinking’ motion.
  • Voted movie of the year by Empire magazine (the first time a foreign language film topped their list since City of God in 2003).
  • Almost every scene in the movie contains the color red or red/orange, a clear reference to the color of blood, the only food Eli can consume.
  • Both John Ajvide Lindqvist and Tomas Alfredson admitted that they do not like or care for vampires.

Goofs: Continuity: Throughout the movie there is snow everywhere, but it vanishes later in the movie to re-appear again. In the scene following Oskar and Eli in the basement, Eli runs across a bridge and eventually climbs up a tree. As she crosses the bridge, snow can be seen in the background, but as she climbs up in the tree there is no snow anywhere nor any traces of it. In the scene that takes place the next morning, the snow is back and heavily covering everything.

Plot: Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire. Full summary »  »

Story: 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  

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Produced By:

  • Frida Asp known as line producer
  • Gunnar Carlsson known as co-producer
  • Ricard Constantinou known as co-producer
  • Suzanne Hamilton known as post-production producer
  • Henric Larsson known as post-production producer
  • Carl Molinder known as producer
  • John Nordling known as producer
  • Lena Rehnberg known as co-producer
  • Per-Erik Svensson known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kåre Hedebrant known as Oskar
  • Lina Leandersson known as Eli
  • Per Ragnar known as Håkan
  • Henrik Dahl known as Erik
  • Karin Bergquist known as Yvonne
  • Peter Carlberg known as Lacke
  • Ika Nord known as Virginia
  • Mikael Rahm known as Jocke
  • Karl-Robert Lindgren known as Gösta
  • Anders T. Peedu known as Morgan
  • Pale Olofsson known as Larry
  • Cayetano Ruiz known as Magister Avila
  • Patrik Rydmark known as Conny
  • Johan Sömnes known as Andreas
  • Mikael Erhardsson known as Martin
  • Rasmus Luthander known as Jimmy
  • Sören Källstigen known as Janne – Eriks kompis
  • Malin Cederblad known as Sjukhusreceptionist (as Malin Cederbladh)
  • Berndt Östman known as Virginias sjuksköterska (as Bernt Östman)
  • Kajsa Linderholm known as Lärarinnan
  • Adam Stone known as Polis i klassen
  • Ingemar Raukola known as Vaktmästaren
  • Kent Rishaug known as Kioskägaren
  • Linus Hanner known as Pojke som dödas
  • Tom Ljungman known as Ung man 1
  • Fredrik Ramel known as Ung man 2
  • Christoffer Bohlin known as Matte – upphängd pojke
  • Julia Nilsson known as Tonårstjej 1
  • Elin Almén known as Tonårstjej 2
  • Bengt Bylund known as Nyhetsuppläsare radio (voice)
  • Bengt Lindström known as Väderleksrapport radio (voice)
  • Susanne Ruben known as Eli åldrad
  • Elif Ceylan known as Elis röst (voice)
  • Libby Brien known as Virginia / Teacher (uncredited)
  • Robin De Lano known as Eli (uncredited)
  • Philip Hersh known as Additional Voices (uncredited)
  • Jonas Kruse known as Polis på sjukhus (uncredited)
  • Lena Nilsson known as Håkans sjuksköterska (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Maria Strid known as makeup designer

Art Department:

  • Henrik Andersson known as props
  • Mårten Backman known as carpenter
  • Magnus Berglind known as carpenter
  • Lena P. Cederlund known as props (as Lena Pettersson Cederlund)
  • Emil Eriksson known as stand-by props
  • Cecilia Iversen known as painter (as Sissi Iversen)
  • Magnus Jonason known as storyboard artist
  • Jenny Klingwall known as painter
  • Anna Lindqvist known as graphic designer
  • Emma Madsen known as props (as Emma Dahl Madsen)
  • Jens Munter known as construction coordinator
  • Josef Norén known as concept designer
  • Anna Paulson known as assistant art director
  • Eva Lo Rahmberg known as painter (as Eva Lo Ramberg)
  • Britta Rehn known as stand-by props
  • Lars Smedinge known as set dresser
  • Yvonne Swahn known as set dresser
  • Dan Wedergren known as carpenter (as Dan Wedegren)

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Production Companies:

  • EFTI (presents)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (in co-production with) (as Sandrew Metronome)
  • Filmpool Nord (in co-production with)
  • Sveriges Television (SVT) (in co-production with) (as Sveriges Television SVT)
  • WAG (in co-production with)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • Chimney Pot, The (co-production)
  • Fido Film AB (co-production)
  • Ljudligan (co-production)

Other Companies:

  • Arsenal  consultant
  • Brännabergs Backstugan  catering
  • Chimneypot, The  sound mixing
  • Dagsljus Filmequipment  camera equipment provided by
  • Europa Film Sound Production  sound post-production
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Ljudligan  sound mixing
  • Ljudligan  sound post-production
  • Maryloys Catering  catering
  • Media Insurance Brokers  insurance
  • MovieScore Media  soundtrack
  • Nordisk Film Post Production  post-production facilities
  • Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond  funding
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing  music publishing
  • Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI)  funding
  • Swedish Lapland Film Commission  special thanks
  • Symfonický Orchestr Slovenského Rozhlasu Bratislava  orchestra

Distributors:

  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (non-USA) (all media)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Bolero Film (2008) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Chrysalis Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Cinema Delicatessen (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Energía Entusiasta (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Lighthouse Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • MFA Filmdistribution (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Magnet Releasing (2008) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Mongrel Media (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Rialto Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Showgate (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Axis Music (2009) (Singapore) (DVD)
  • Bir Film (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Canana Films (2009) (Mexico) (all media)
  • Cine Colombia (2009) (Colombia) (all media)
  • Comart Films (2009) (South Africa) (all media)
  • EDKO Film (2009) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Living Colour Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (Mr. Horror Presents #18)
  • Living Colour Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Mr. Horror Presents #18)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Mongrel Media (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Mongrel Media (2010) (Canada) (DVD) (limited edition digipak)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sandrews (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Sandrews (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Seven Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • Vendetta Films (2008) (New Zealand) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Chimneypot, The (digital visual effects)
  • Fido Film AB (digital visual effects)
  • Fido Film AB (visual and make-up effects by)
  • Panorama film & teatereffekter

Visual Effects by:

  • Peter Aversten known as animator
  • Peter Aversten known as digital effects artist: Fido Film
  • Andreas Cronström known as compositor: Fido Film
  • Thomas Deutschmann known as visual effects producer
  • Claes Dietmann known as visual effects producer
  • Magnus Eriksson known as animator
  • Magnus Eriksson known as lighting technical director: Fido film
  • Mattias Forsström known as animator
  • Mattias Forsström known as lighting technical director: Fido film
  • Johan Gabrielsson known as animator
  • Johan Gabrielsson known as lighting technical director: Fido film
  • Hemn Habib known as digital effects artist
  • Linus Hoglin known as digital effects artist (as Linus Höglin)
  • Mats Holmgren known as digital colourist
  • Fredrik Höglin known as digital effects artist
  • Jonas Jangvad known as optical printing: ARRI
  • Andreas Bravin Karlsson known as compositor
  • Staffan Linder known as animation supervisor: Fido film
  • Staffan Linder known as animator
  • Martin Malm known as compositor: Fido Film
  • Fredrik Nord known as digital effects artist
  • Daniel Norlund known as compositor: Fido Film
  • Kenneth Nyman known as animator
  • Kenneth Nyman known as modeler: Fido film
  • Cameron Scott known as animator
  • Kaj Steveman known as visual effects supervisor
  • David Strindberg known as digital effects artist
  • Janak Thakker known as animator
  • Janak Thakker known as previs artist: Fido film
  • Fredrik Zander known as visual effects producer
  • Martin Borell known as compositor: Fido Film (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Sweden 26 January 2008 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 28 January 2008 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • Denmark 29 March 2008 (NatFilm Festival)
  • Hungary 9 April 2008 (Titanic International Filmpresence Festival)
  • USA 24 April 2008 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Portugal 28 April 2008 (Indielisboa)
  • USA 29 May 2008 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Romania 30 May 2008 (Transilvania International Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 4 July 2008 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • USA 17 July 2008 (Maine International Film Festival)
  • South Korea 20 July 2008 (PiFan Puchon Film Festival)
  • Australia 1 August 2008 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Finland 22 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • UK 24 August 2008 (Frightfest)
  • USA 20 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Canada 1 October 2008 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • Spain 2 October 2008 (Sitges International Film Festival of Cataluna)
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Canada 17 October 2008 (Toronto After Dark Film Festival)
  • USA 17 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • Norway 24 October 2008
  • Sweden 24 October 2008
  • USA 24 October 2008 (limited)
  • Finland 31 October 2008 (Iik!! Horror Film Festival)
  • Poland 31 October 2008
  • South Korea 13 November 2008
  • Greece 15 November 2008 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • Estonia 28 November 2008 (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival)
  • Finland 28 November 2008
  • Italy 28 November 2008 (Turin Film Festival)
  • Germany 23 December 2008
  • Denmark 25 December 2008
  • Australia 26 December 2008
  • New Zealand 8 January 2009
  • Italy 9 January 2009
  • Russia 29 January 2009
  • France 31 January 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • France 4 February 2009
  • UK 17 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Mexico 18 February 2009 (Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo de la Ciudad de México)
  • Singapore 19 February 2009
  • Serbia 21 February 2009 (Belgrade International Film Festival)
  • Lithuania 27 February 2009
  • Mexico 27 February 2009
  • Sweden 4 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 10 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 19 March 2009
  • Estonia 20 March 2009
  • Switzerland 2 April 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Turkey 4 April 2009 (Istanbul Film Festival)
  • Ireland 10 April 2009
  • UK 10 April 2009
  • Netherlands 16 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
  • Iceland 17 April 2009
  • Spain 17 April 2009
  • Belgium 20 April 2009 (Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Films)
  • Netherlands 23 April 2009
  • Denmark 28 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Austria 1 May 2009
  • Portugal 29 May 2009
  • Czech Republic June 2009 (Zlín Film Festival)
  • Hungary 2 July 2009
  • Belgium 15 July 2009
  • Croatia 27 July 2009 (Motovun Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 29 July 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Brazil 2 October 2009
  • Taiwan 9 October 2009
  • Argentina 13 October 2009 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Philippines 16 October 2009 (Cinemanila International Film Festival)
  • Argentina 3 December 2009
  • Turkey 8 January 2010
  • Peru 1 April 2010
  • Colombia 23 April 2010
  • Hong Kong 6 May 2010
  • Uruguay 25 June 2010
  • Japan 10 July 2010

MPAA: Rated R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language

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