9. Let The Right One In
Based on the book of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In is the bloody, yet disturbingly charming, story of young boy Oskar that befriends his mysterious new neighbour Eli: only to find out she’s a vampire. Whilst the two form a fierce bond, a string of murders plagues their local town, resulting from Eli’s insatiable need to feed.
This Swedish horror film is a masterclass in blending genres, taking a naturally horrifying template and imbuing it with elements of romance, thriller, and drama to create something both unpredictable and eerily compelling. Let The Right One In takes its time in establishing a story as much as it does the scarier parts of its narrative, bringing about a horror film that is as much a tug on the heartstrings as it is anything else: it’s the tale of two misfit souls finding comfort in one another’s company at its very core.