I don't usually write reviews but all the 5 starrers compelled me to do this.
Empire ( to which I subscribe ) called it the 'Best Horror Movie of the Year'. Well, that may be the case at the time of the review but if it's a horror movie you're after don't buy or watch this film. It's not horrific, scary or shocking and I certainly hope it isn't the best horror movie of the year as it'll be a dry old year for horror fans.
The Daily Mirror said 'Brutal and Brilliant. You've never seen anything like this'. Well, it's neither brutal nor, in my opinion, brilliant. As for not having seen anything like it before, I can only assume they are referring to their readers.
Basically this film is just okay, if you like World cinema ( which me and my wife do ). It's an interesting twist on the vampire genre, beautifully filmed, atmospheric, and the two young leads are truly excellent. That's it. As for being brutal, brilliant and horror, it's none of those things. That's pure hype and we were both bitterly disappointed at not having the pants scared off us. Which is what the gushing reviews ( aka hype ) promised.
On a personal level, I certainly won't be visiting Sweden because it would appear that a serial killer on the loose, murdering people in their parks and then stringing them up, slitting their throats and draining all their blood is a common occurrence in Sweden as such killings, ( to feed the wee vamp ), didn't generate one iota of interest from the Swedish media or Police.
Now that is scary !!