Let Me In

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Let Me In is a remake of a 2008 Swedish film entitled Let the Right One In. Here, Chloƫ Grace Moretz plays Abby, a child Vampire who has taken an interest in a lonely and outcast boy named Owen. As her own companion is growing old and less able to provide for her, Chloe bonds with Owen while she feeds on Owen's neighbors and, eventually, kills those who torment Owen. The movie is a strange coming of age/friendship horror tale where the mysterious Abby is the only one who's kind and compassionate to the boy, while savage and monstrous when hungry or angered, embodying childhood rage at bullying and a wish to be able to enact revenge. While not as elegant and developed as the original film or book that it's based upon, Let Me In does have a creepiness and a chemistry between the main characters that is compelling, and the idea of a child vampire is as disturbing here as in Anne Rice's movie adaptation of Interview with A Vampire. If you hear tapping in Morse code after watching this film from start to finish, consider running.

Erik M.

Continuity mistake: When Abby slaughters the bullies, we see most of the scene from Owen's underwater point of view. First, a decapitated head floats down, leaving a trail of blood. Then, more dismembered bodies splash into the water. We get the sense that the pool water around Owen should be pretty bloody. Yet, when he surfaces, the water around him is completely clear, with no evidence of any blood or bodies.

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The Father: Please don't see that boy again.

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Trivia: The name of the town where the story takes place, "Los Alamos", means "the cotton woods." so it's only appropriate that the story takes place in the winter, when all of the woods are covered with white snow.

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