Let Me In

October 1st, 2010

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Let Me In

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A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.2/10 (36,807 voted)

Critic's Score: 79/100

Director: Matt Reeves

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins

In Los Alamos, New Mexico, the twelve year-old Owen is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Kenny and two other classmates; at home, Owen dreams of avenging the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old next door neighbor, Abby, who only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Abby's father is a wanted serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Abby, who is actually an ancient vampire. Abby advises Owen to fight Kenny; however, soon he discovers that she is a vampire, and he feels fear and love for the girl. Meanwhile a police officer is investigating the murder cases, believing that it is a satanic cult.

Writers: Matt Reeves, John Ajvide Lindqvist

Kodi Smit-McPhee - Owen
Chloë Grace Moretz - Abby
Richard Jenkins - The Father
Cara Buono - Owen's Mother
Elias Koteas - The Policeman
Sasha Barrese - Virginia
Dylan Kenin - Larry
Chris Browning - Jack
Ritchie Coster - Mr. Zoric
Dylan Minnette - Kenny
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak - Mark (as Jimmy Jax Pinchak)
Nicolai Dorian - Donald
Rebekah Wiggins - Nurse
Seth Adkins - High School Kid
Ashton Moio - Lanky Kid

Taglines: Innocence dies. Abby doesn't.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 1 October 2010

Filming Locations: Albuquerque Studios - 5650 University Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Opening Weekend: $5,147,479 (USA) (4 October 2010) (2021 Screens)

Gross: $12,134,420 (USA) (5 December 2010)

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Did You Know?

The arcade counter attendant is played by Colin Moretz, brother of Chloë Grace Moretz who plays Abby.

Anachronisms: The Now and Laters seen in this movie have had that logo since the early 1990s. The movie takes place during the early 1980s.

[first lines]
Paramedic #1: One-three-one to dispatch, come in.
Radio Dispatcher: [after delay] One-three-one, this is dispatch, go ahead.
Paramedic #1: This is one-three-one. We have a male, mid 50s, with burns over nine to nine and a half percent of his body. Prior to arrival on scene, the patient apparently doused his head, neck and face with some sort of highly concentrated acid. patient's airway severely compromised due to fume inhalation. Vital signs undetermined. Please advise, patient is a federal suspect. We're coming in with a police escort right now.

User Review


Rating: 9/10

Given the background to this film, I must start by saying I have neither read the book it is based on, nor seen the 2008 Swedish original. After watching this masterpiece, I intend to do both.

This is a truly sensational film. When you can't really pin a film down to a specific genre, you know you're onto something special. Calling this film a "vampire movie" doesn't really do it justice, given the preconceived notions most film goers bring to the genre. It is part horror, part dark family drama, part love story, with all 3 categories succeeding admirably.

In my estimation, the director has come on in leaps and bounds since "Cloverfield", a movie with a clever idea that was hampered by a poor cast and so-so execution. Here the director sets a mood of oppression and isolation from the very earliest frames and never lets up. The locations are used superbly, as are lighting and sound to create the gloomy world poor Owen is stranded in.

The film undeniably belongs to Chloe Grace Moretz as the young vampire Abby. This girl is an absolute powerhouse of an actress, turning in a dark, subtle and convincing performance that belies her tender age of 12. If she does not make the shortlist for next year's Oscars, the Academy needs its collective head examined. She embodies the potent mixture of lovable innocence and animalistic darkness within Abby with such ease, you will be genuinely astounded.

My fellow Aussie, Kodi Smit-McPhee, is also excellent, making you really feel for the put-upon Owen and share in his joy at finding a spark of happiness with the mysterious Abby. The entire film falls apart if this pair fail to convince, so it is a testimony to their respective talents (particularly Moretz') that you invest so heavily in their relationship.

Don't let the press about this film being a remake put you off. I must say I'm very disappointed to see this hasn't done too well at the box office in the USA, as it is a vastly superior film to the likes of "Paranormal Activity 2".

If anyone is in two minds about seeing this film, take the gamble and shell out your hard-earned. You'll be glad you did, if for no other reason than witnessing one of the most impressive performances by a child actor in cinema history.

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