In the middle of the Twilight media storm of 2008, a film called Let the Right One In came out of Sweden with the completely opposite take on how to make a "vampire movie". The film was an instant hit with filmmakers and critics across the board because of its perfect, minimal approach to horror set in the quiet snowscape of Sweden.
Let the Right One In tells the story of a young boy who is brutally bullied in school and coincidentally meets a young-looking vampire resembling a girl his same age. The film, starring two fantastic young actors, was the break out piece for director Thomas Alfredson who then went on to direct Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. However, the real star of the crew would be cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. Let the Right One In put Hoytema on the big map. His natural lighting and minimal camera style caught the attention of Hollywood and rolled him into his newest film Interstellar, which will be in theaters next week.
Get a head start on Interstellar by watching a perfect Halloween film that reinvented the genre. Side-note: Chloe Grace-Moretz starred in a remake from Cloverfield director Matt Reeves in 2010 and it was literally awful. Everything about the original that made it good was ripped out and Americanized. Never watch it. Pretend it doesn't exist. Luckily there are a ton of other movies on Netflix actually worth watching, like Let the Right One In, so enjoy. [Netflix]
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