Director: Tomas Alfredson Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson Running time: 115 mins
Subject: Atmospheric vampire horror that also works as revenge fantasy and sweet childhood romance. Hedebrant is touching as Oskar, the angelic victim of playground bullies, and Leanderson channels the spirit of ancient vampire, Eli, with astonishing conviction. The freezing Swedish landscape provides an eerily calm background enabling this haunting drama to play out with maximum impact.
Like: White knight rescues damsel in distress, only the knight is fanged and the damsel, a twelve-year-old boy.
Core truth: Let the right one in.