4. Let the Right One In
Blending horror and a coming of age drama, Let the Right One In is both profoundly disturbing and affecting, a preteen romance that puts Twilight to shame. Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 classic is one of the best movies of the decade, in any genre. It’s complicated in a way we rarely even let adult love stories be, a movie about accepting what comes into your life, even if that person happens to be a vampire. Alfredson’s vision of Sweden is as unsparingly dark as the winter sun but compellingly gorgeous, a horror flick that feels like more a fairy tale. When the author of the book the film was based on watched the film adaptation of his work, he reportedly cried because the movie was “so beautiful.” It’s easy to see why, a reminder that horror brings out the strongest emotions in us. What we fear and what we love might not be so different after all.