With the cinematic love story on the endangered species list (SATC has a lot to answer for), it’s truly gratifying when something as romantic, lovely and sweetly satisfying as “Let the Right One In” appears on the horizon. It restores your faith in men. In dating. In the whole myth that someone special is out there, and he’s going to stick by you forever. However, there’s one minor hitch — this is a vampire movie, and the love story happens between two 12-year-olds.
Directed by Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson and based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, “Let the Right One In” is typical of an emerging genre best described as Swedish horror. Spurred by the success of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” adaptations, Swedish films of the last five years have shed their Ingmar Bergman chains and pursued entertainment. Swedish films of late are about sizzling design, plot contrivances and surprises, blood spattering artistically against iced-up windows. “Let the Right One In” has already been picked up for a Hollywood remake, directed by “Cloverfield’s” Matt Reeves. “Let the . . . ” is a love story, yes, but it’s by no means a feel-good love story — mindful of prickly, discomforting 1990s vehicles such as “The Crying Game.”