Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s a beautiful horror film (with a pitch black ending a lot of people somehow think is happy). But there’s one scene that sticks out a bit from the assured grace that marks almost every other moment in the film – the cat attack.
It’s no secret that Alfredson had a limited budget, but was it supposed to be this funny? I know a lot of people who think this scene is unintenionally hilarious, but I disagree. I think it’s funny on purpose. This gaggle of senior friends is played more broadly from the film’s other characters, they’re meant to have an element of comic relief to them.
Building on that, I think this scene is designed to puncture the tension for just a moment in what is otherwise a remarkably taut film.