Directed (and screenplay) by Matt Reeves, Overture Films, 2010. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery.
Question: Are you tired of movies with vampires - or maybe you are just sick of vampires stories about teen-angst romance and you want to see some horror mixed in?
Well, you are in luck. The movie I just watched is a fantastic, scary and unique vampire story. "Let Me In" is where the vampires don't look or act like Edward Cullen one bit. "Let Me In" finally goes back to the heart and soul of what these monsters are - but all dressed up in a 12 year old girl.
This is actually a remake and I saw that one too ("Let the Right One In"). Oh, that one was good as well. They are based on the novel: "Låt den rätte komma in" written by John Ajvide Lindquist.
"Let the Right One In" is a foreign film - and, yes, I said I don't usually watch them but it was a vampire movie! Plus, it was dubbed. "Let Me In" stars the girl from "Kick-Ass" (another great movie, by the way) and she was fantastic in the film. Plus, I knew whoever saw the original would have to make a good remake for us Americans. And they did.
It is creepy, bloody, and it has a great angle on the vampire story, which I won't divulge. I will say there is a theme in the movie that relates to some modern day issues kids have to deal with today. But just because the story surrounds a couple of 12 year-olds doesn't mean they can watch it.
It is not for the faint-at-heart or for someone who thinks they are going to watch a couple of young kids befriend each other in a sweet way either. There are some sweet moments, and it is not a fast paced movie, which one might assume, but when you tell a story about a real monster, like a vampire, you have to tell the retched side too. Many vampire movies, these days, forget that part and have overly-romanticized it and that's why vampires are everywhere.
So, if you have been missed seeing a great vampire story in film then rent "Let Me In" and "Let the Right One In".
My favorite part: The story.
My least favorite part: Can't really think of anything right now.
Possibility of a sequel? I think it could be open to one.
Did the previews show too much? Nope.
Length: 116 minutes
Review: 9 out of 10
DVDs and novel:
COMING UP: Never Let Me Go