LET ME IN
More Violent Occult Vampirism
Release Date: October 01, 2010
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace
Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara
Buono, Elias Koteas, Sahsa
Barrese, Jimmy Pinchak, Chris
Browning, Ritchie Coster,
Dylan Minnette, Dylan Kenin,
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 115 minutes
Distributor: Overture Films/Starz LLC
Director: Matt Reeves
Executive Producer: Tobin Armbrust, Philip Elway,
Fredrik Malmberg, John Ptak
Producer: Alexander Yves Brunner, Guy
East, Donna Gigliotti, Carl
Molinder, John Nordling, Simon
Oakes, Nigel Sinclair
Writer: Matt Reeves
Address Comments To:Robert Clasen, Chairman/CEO
Starz LLC (Starz Entertainment, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Films)
8900 Liberty Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Phone: (720) 852-7700; Fax: (720) 852-8555
Owen’s usual day consists of going to school, getting beat up by the school bully, being unable to connect with his overly religious mother, and sitting alone eating Now-And-Later candies on the jungle gym in the courtyard of his apartment complex. Then, one day, Abby, a strange young girl who never wears shoes, and a dark, brooding man Owen assumes is Abby’s father, move next door. Soon, Owen hears yelling and fighting through the walls, and nightly, he and Abby sit on the jungle gym finally feeling connected to someone.
What Owen quickly learns is that there is something different about Abby and the tall, dark stranger. As people in the town are being mysteriously killed in ritualistic fashion, Owen suspects that his new neighbors have a dark secret. As he and Abby grow closer, Owen learns that Abby is, actually, a vampire. He also learns that the dark, brooding man is not Abby’s father, but rather he kills people and drains their blood so that Abby might feed on a nightly basis. Owen also learns that this old man has been helping Abby since he was a 12-year-old boy, much like Owen. When the old man botches a murder and dies after pouring acid on himself to keep from being identified, Abby must look to Owen to be her new helpmate in finding her nightly feedings. As a local police detective closes in on Abby’s true identity, Owen must decide if he will continue to live his life as an outcast, or if he will forsake all morality, run away with Abby and become a killer for the only person (vampire) who has ever truly accepted him.
LET ME IN is a bizarre, twisted, abhorrent movie that moves slowly and brings no ultimate entertainment satisfaction. It is billed as a horror film, but the violence is gory with no real fright-factor. Plus, the movie feels more like a strange, oddball, vampire version of Shakespeare’s classic ROMEO AND JULIET than it does a frightening journey into the dark occult world of vampirism.
No one is likeable in the movie. The characters are all disconnected, which perhaps serves to make Abby and Owen’s emotional connection more dynamic. Just the opposite happens, however. The emotional disconnection among the characters serves to cripple the movie’s impact by keeping the audience distant as well. In fact, Owen, the supposedly wretched social outcast, has sociopathic tendencies. Also, Abby is portrayed as sweet and innocent, yet she carries a sinfully seductive quality that is disturbing to see in a 12-year-old actress. The other characters, namely Owen’s mother who is overtly religious yet deeply broken, are ineffective storytelling devices in a poorly constructed narrative.
Worse, the movie has an abhorrent, occult and pagan worldview with extreme, graphic violence and no redeeming resolution. The movie also contains strong foul language, which is even more disturbing because it comes from young characters, namely the bullies at Owen’s school. There is also some unsettling salacious content, including a scene where Owen watches his neighbors through his telescope as they kiss and begin to undress and brief explicit budity. Overall, this movie is dramatically unfulfilling as well as abhorrent.
LET ME IN is a bizarre, twisted, abhorrent movie that moves slowly and brings no entertainment satisfaction. It is billed as a horror film, but the violence is gory with no real fright-factor. Also, the characters are unlikeable. Worse, the movie has an abhorrent, occult and pagan worldview with extreme, graphic violence and no redeeming resolution. The movie also contains strong foul language, brief explicit nudity and other salacious content. Finally, Owen’s mother is overtly religious yet deeply broken. Thus, the movie shows Christianity to be ineffectual. LET ME IN is dramatically unfulfilling as well as abhorrent.