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Let Me In (2010)

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

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Cast

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Owen's Mother
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Virginia
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Mark (as Jimmy Jax Pinchak)
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Nurse
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High School Kid
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Lanky Kid
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Storyline

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 himself against 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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school | vampire | night | blood | boy | See All (119) »

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Innocence dies. Abby doesn't.

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation | See all certifications »

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1 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fish Head  »

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Box Office

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,147,479, 4 October 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,134,420, 5 December 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Matt Reeves explained why a deleted scene, showing Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) being attacked as a human, was cut. (The scene was released on the Internet.) Contrary to the belief that the scene, depicting her being changed to a vampire and entering Owen's mind, would be too intense for the viewers, Reeves stated that he felt the scene would have disturbed the flow of the film. He remarked that he wished it would have been able to make the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When Kenny, Mark and Donald first confront Owen at the ice pond, Mark's hands are out of his jacket. When the camera angles to show Kenny, Mark and Donald's faces, Mark's hands are suddenly in his jacket. See more »

Quotes

[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 our arrival on scene, the patient apparently doused his head, neck and face with some sort of highly concentrated acid. patient's airway is severely compromised due to fume inhalation. Vital signs unstable. Please advise, patient is a federal suspect. We're coming in with a ...
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Crazy Credits

The movie's end credits are in the form of black text on a white background, which is the opposite of most movie credits, which are usually white text on a black background. See more »

Connections

References Ms. Pac-Man (1982) See more »

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Now and Later Jingle
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Performed by Kodi Smit-McPhee
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Wonderfully composed, Great storytelling
3 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have seen the original Let The Right One in, and when I heard of a remake I was skeptical. Why did we need a remake this soon? However, I approached it with open eyes, as I have seen very faithful remakes in the past. I thought that the Swedish version was a good, sometimes very good film, but I ended up loving this new version.

I knew what story was coming, but I also knew that the journey is in the experience. Let Me In does a great job of creating a mood and tone that, while similar to the original's, it also adds a fresh perspective on it. That is in part thanks to the director Matt Reeves. I have only seen his previous film Cloverfield and while it is entertaining and rewatchable, I had no idea he was capable of the subtlety that is needed for this story. The cinematography is itself also amazing, and there are some shots that will linger in my memory.

Part of what I liked better in this version were the performances. Honestly, I think Chloe Moretz is just as great as the original performance, but I think the film definitely belongs to Kodi Smit- McPhee. He gives an incredible performance full of nuance and longing, and I do not recall being this impressed with the boy in the original version. I also feel the need to stop comparing them because a film should stand-alone on it's own, and this certainly does. It is a horror film, a drama, and a love story all in one, and along with the original, are vampire films to be celebrated among all the others in this time.


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