The Washington Times - November 7, 2008, 12:00PM

Last week, I wrote a piece pointing out the flaccid state of American horror, pointing to the foreign scene as the place to look for good genre flicks. In that vein, I’d like to remind all DC-area readers that, starting today, “Let the Right One In” is playing at the E Street Cinema. (And for you non-DC readers out there, check Fandango to see if it’s playing anywhere near you.)

I review the movie here, and wound up giving it three stars. It’s a surprisingly tender picture, less a horror film than a coming of age story. Sure, it has scary moments, but there’s something there for fans of many genres.

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I don’t usually do this, but I implore you to check this picture out if it’s playing anywhere near you. Hollywood studios HATE releasing foreign pictures, and for good reason: Subtitles=box office death. People don’t like to read while they’re watching a movie. I don’t blame them; it’s pretty distracting. To which I say: Get over it. The only way to get studios to stop screening garbage like “Saw V” and “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” is to buy tickets to watch smart, creative pictures like “Let the Right One In.” We, as fans, have no one to blame but ourselves when smart genre pictures get ignored, because we’re packing theaters to see mass-produced junk.