By Owen Gleiberman
Updated October 24, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

According to the new school of cinematic dread — it kicked in over the last decade with J-horror films — a fright flick is eerier if it doesn’t make sense. If random arty blood thrills are your cup of fear, perhaps you’ll enjoy Let the Right One In, a Swedish head-scratcher that has a few creepy images but very little holding them together. A serial killer, who bleeds his victims in public places (Why? Who knows?), has a 12-year-old daughter who’s a vampire. Who befriends the blond boy next door. Who skulks through the movie in a blank-faced torpor that will have you screaming…for something coherent to happen. C

Let the Right One In

  • Movie
  • R
  • 114 minutes
  • Tomas Alfredson