Mar 262012

Director: Matt Reeves


Running Time: 116 minutes

Release Date: 10/1/2010

GenreHorror, Vampire

CastOwen ( Kodi Smit-McPhee), Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz), “The Father” (Richard Jenkins), Owen’s mother (Cara Buono), “The Policeman” ( Elias Koteas)

Synopsis: In 1983 New Mexico, Owen ( Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a friendless 12-year-old boy and is picked on at school. He meets a dark and strange girl named Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) and she helps him learn to fight back. Instead of recoiling in fear when he learns that she is a vampire, he falls for her and tries to help and protect her.

AnalysisThe director of Let Me In based it on a novel and 2008 Swedish film, Let the Right One In. They are very different films and Let Me In bigger budget allows for better special effects. Also, since it takes place in America in 1983 vs Sweden, it felt more personal to me since I was a nerdy 10-year-old in America during 1983.

I won’t spoil it here, but there is a pretty big secret about Abby’s nature and it is only briefly hinted at in Let Me In, but is more openly discussed in Let the Right One In. I’m not sure why they changed it, but I have the feeling that it was to make it more palatable to an American audience.


  • Simple mask made of a plastic bag is frightening.
  • General restrained use of CGI.
  • Vampire must be invited in or it causes intense pain.
  • Disorienting scenes from inside vehicles.
  • Excellent work on the frozen body in the lake.


  • There is a very well-lit train crossing with no visible source of light
  • Slightly fake fire effect with the newly turned vampire woman.

Conclusion: I really enjoyed the film. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was surprised and happy with the direction it took.


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