Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a 12 year
old kid in Los Almos,
New Mexico during 1983 when Ronald Regan was President and talking the evil empire (and
touting the Star Wars Defense System). Owen is bullied at school and makes unlikely friends with the new girl Abby (Chloe
Moretz), who has just moved into his apartment building. People start disappearing in the dead of night and Owen
soon discovers Abby is no ordinary girl and she is a vampire. The story
uses the horrors of childhood and plants a vampire story in the middle of it.
The core story is the usual friendship between a bullied boy and a vampire stuck at the age of a 12 year old girl forever
that may end up as doomed sooner or later
LET ME IN is another good horror film from
Overture Films. It is slow in places, but the film zeroes in on the horror creep out factor several times during
the film. Matt Reeves has an excellent hand of directing the film, but LET ME IN does hold up on repeat viewings.
The music adds to the scary mood along with the gloomy and gritty cinematography. LET ME IN is a good remake of LET
THE RIGHT ONE IN (from Sweden).
Still LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is the
better film even though Chloe Moretz proves KICK ASS wasn't a fluke on her part. She is a stellar acting talent and
I wonder what she will do years from now if she can impress this much at such a young age. LET ME IN is a film that
sadly won't make much at the box office (adding to Overture Films' problems), but I hope the film will be redeemed on DVD
and Blu-Ray. Also go check out LET THE RIGHT ONE IN if you haven't seen it.
Audio commentary with writer/ director
Matt Reeves give insight on working with child actors and the scenes in the book that aren’t in the movie (and make
me want to go buy the book this movie and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN are adapted from).
FROM THE INSIDE: A LOOK AT THE MAKING OF
LET ME IN- a 17 minute behind-the-scenes making-of featurette
THE ART OF SPECIAL EFFECTS shows the various
steps in creating various special effects shots.
CAR CRASH SEQUENCE STEP-BY-STEP (with audio
commentary) shows how two different shots are blended into one seamless continuous shot.
Three deleted scenes with optional audio
commentary with writer/ director Matt Reeves include one scene that gives more of a role for the gym teacher
A poster and behind-the-scenes photo gallery
include some very cool posters and
The Green Band and Red Band trailers of
FINAL ANALYSIS: LET EM IN is a good and chilling remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.
Please check out both films and maybe even go read the novel. The audio
commentary is worth a listen and the deleted scenes include some material cut for pacing.
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