KODI SMIT MCPHEE CHLOE MORETZ RICHARD JENKINS ELIAS KOSTAS
LET ME IN
Just when you thought there wasn’t room for one more vampire movie, something like this comes along. Let Me In is a horror/suspense film from the director of Cloverfield. It's his second time behind a feature film, in fact. Let Me In is also a remake of the foreign film titled Let the Right One In. There is nothing remotely similar or comparable to the Twilight saga, which has tainted vampire films for eternity. This is a very dark and disturbing film that centers on two main child actors. Director Matt Reeves manages to use a functional reality to tell this story, which makes it compelling and sometimes difficult to watch.
Twelve year old Owen (McPhee) is constantly bullied in high school by boys who have matured faster than him. Owen can’t swim and is the object of ridicule in swim class. Owen and his alcoholic, divorced mother live in a run-down apartment complex in a poor town in New Mexico. The highlight of Owen’s day is Now & Later’s from the local arcade or using his telescope to see what his neighbors are doing. Owen notices a young girl moving into the apartment next to his with her father. During his first meeting with her, she explains that they cannot be friends. But as they begin to frequently run into each other, Owen finds that Abby (Moretz) is the only person he can talk to, and it isn’t until later he learns why she can only hang out at night.
Moretz was quite a hit earlier in the year with Kick Ass, and this isn’t even her first or second horror film. The young actress from Georgia has an interesting look about her and always plays in roles that put her on equal playing fields with adults. McPhee is in familiar territory as well; his memorable performance was playing Viggo Mortensen’s son in The Road. Both actors bring their dark character pasts into play here and deliver compelling performances.
Reeves, who also wrote the screenplay, seems to understand the saturation of vampires in the media and, besides Abby’s feeding time, this film is about so much more. Bullying gets an extreme close-up and will likely set off many parents who actually see this gruesome film. The screenplay makes the adults an easy target as the gym teacher, Owen’s parents, and others are completely useless, leaving these children to destruction. Let Me In is very much a horror film, but the kind that you don’t easily forget, which is why critics have embraced it.
Final Thought – A creative and deeply disturbing horror film.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody