“Let the Right One In”.
An immortal vampire locked in a child’s body will have your goose bumps going strong but that’s not enough for “Let the Right One In” as it ramps up with the addition of a thrall/servant/daytime protector who spends his time constructively obtaining food sources for the vampire. Eli, the vampire, and Oskar, a young boy, form a friendship that is unique to most vampire films, even glittered up ones. Their relationship forms the eye of the storm throughout the film as darkness encircles them both. Although there is plenty of blood, the one scene that should wrest dreamland away from you should be the premeditated drowning of Oskar at the pool. Each struggled movement by Oskar draws you deeper into his death throes providing a visual nightmare that stands out in the Netflix instant watch horror film catalog.
The military done gone and messed up there, Cleatus. A military plane nosedives into a swamp in a rural community; releasing the engineered virus it was carrying into the town’s water supply. Since it’s a military virus it doesn’t turn the infected into vegetarians or people who like to be tickled, but it does turn them into ravaging killers. From the washed out film effect to the inner turmoil of the consequences the sheriff has to deal with as he tries to protect and serve his community, “The Crazies” does the horror genre proud. Both the quarantine and the effects of martial law on soldiers and civilians are captured with the perspective of a moral grey ground as the story refused to bow to a right and wrong constant. Unexpected scares swiftly follow expected scares throughout this film, a favorite being where Timothy Olyphant discovers some preemptive stitching on a priest in the mortuary.