Magnolia's Magnet picks up 'The Right One'


COLOGNE, Germany -- Magnolia Pictures' genre division Magnet has picked up Swedish horror film "Let The Right One In" from director Tomas Alfredson for U.S. distribution.

Based on the best-seller by Sweden's John Ajvide, "Let The Right One In" is described as "romantic horror" and tells the story of a lonely and bullied 12-year-old boy whose finds love and revenge through his new girlfriend Eli, who happens to be a vampire.

Magnet picked up "Let The Right One In" from Bavaria Film International (BFI) at Berlin's European Film Market earlier this month. Magnolia Pictures senior vp Tom Quinn and head of business and legal affairs Jason Janego did the deal together with BFI head of sales Stefanie Zeitler, outgoing BFI co-head Thorsten Schaumann and head of business and legal affairs Bianca Schartl.

"'Let The Right One In' is a horror film masterpiece and an excellent contribution to any market or festival," Quinn said. "Thomas Alfredson's Film will have a similar, positive effect for the vampire film genre as Bong Joon Hos' 'The Host' had for monster films."

Magnet's slate includes the sci-fi horror thriller "The Signal," the comedy slasher "Murder Party" and the thriller "Boarding Gate" starring Asia Argento and Michael Madsen, which is set for a limited release in March.