Let Me In


Released: 2010

Directed by Matt Reaves

Let Me In is a 2010 vampire film that resurrects the forgotten demonic dark imagery once associated with vampirism. It is a bit of an oversimplification to describe this film as merely a ‘vampire film’ because it encompasses themes from several genres. A more accurate description would be a dark romance involving a vampire.

Director Matt Reeves constructs a dark desolate setting that sets an immediate cimmerian tone. This is furthered by the powerful performances of Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz, Owen and Abby, that breathe life into this, otherwise, empty world.

This film provokes questions regarding where the line is drawn concerning adolescent romance. It appears that society doesn’t have too much of a problem letting children of a similar age ‘date’ one another, as long as it does not go too far. Does this apply to Abby, who, at a minimum, is a forty year old vampire frozen eternally at the age of twelve? This film has pushed the lines of this ethical question that was also brought forth, though in a much milder fashion, during the Twilight series.

This film is dark, tense, and maintains an air of suspense, keeping the audience guessing for what is coming next. The audience’s expectations for vampire films will be surpassed greatly in light of the superb acting, character development and scenery. This is a must watch for vampire fanatics searching for something different.

Rating: 7/10

Editors Note: This is a remake of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In.

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