An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in "Let Me In," a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves ("Cloverfield").
Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens's age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.
When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby's father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen's efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she's hiding an unthinkable secret.
The gifted cast of "Let Me In" takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel "Lat den Ratte Komma In" ("Let the Right One In") by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.
Matt Reeves took on the challenge of remaking Let the Right One In, one of the most revered vampire thrillers seen in the last decade, and succeeded in creating something that wasn't just a lame carbon copy of the original. Let Me In, which was released this past October, actually stands on its own as a mercifully adept horror film about three lonely people coming to terms with their doomed fate. One of the things that separates Let Me In from other recent vampire outings is that it has crafted characters unique to the genre, and Matt Reeves cast an outstanding ensemble to bring these lost souls to life.
In the film, Richard Jenkins plays ten-year-old vampire Abby's (Chloe Moretz) protector, a Renfield-like servant who has grown tired and weary of his place at her side. It's an understated performance wrought full of pathos. Richard Jenkins doesn't say much, but he conveys the weight of his world with just one off look as it comes crashing down around him. Its one of the best performances in recent horror history, and the man brings a great deal of empathy to the overall dramatic arc of the story.Read More
Let Me In director Matt Reeves discusses taking on this classic story, shooting in New Mexico, finding the right actors, Cloverfield 2 and much more.
I believe you came onto this project before Let the Right One in premiered.Read More
In bleak New Mexico, a lonely, bullied boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), forms a unique bond with his mysterious new neighbor, Abby (Chloe Moretz), who moves from town to town with the man who appears to be her father (Richard Jenkins). Trapped in the mind and body of a child, however, Abby is forced to hide a horrific secret of bloodthirsty survival. But in a world of both tenderness and terror, how can you invite in the one friend who may unleash the ultimate nightmare?
Based on the Swedish novel, Let the Right One in, "Let Me In is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful," says the book's author, John Ajvide Lindqvist.Read More
To begin with, had you seen the original Swedish film before you were cast in this movie and if not, did you watch it before you started shooting or decide that it was best not to see it at all?
Kodi Smit-McPhee: When I first read the script I didn't even know there was a book or a movie and then we found out. We chose not too see the original because we wanted to have our own take on it. Then we heard that Matt didn't want any of the cast or crew to see it either, we weren't going to watch it anyway so we had pretty good instincts about that.Read More
While most people were predicting that Zack Snyder's computer animated 3D family film Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole would be the number one movie last weekend, they were surprised to find that "greed is still good" as Oliver Stone's long awaited sequel to his classic '80s film Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps rose to the top of the box office with $19 million. But with three new movies entering the box office race this weekend including Oscar bait like David Fincher's The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror films Let Me In and Case 39 staring Renée Zellweger, Gordon Gekko may have some trouble defending his number one spot.
Predicted to debut at number one this weekend is in fact the new film from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher called The Social Network. The movie, which is about the founding of Facebook, stars a cast of excellent young actors that includes Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland), Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go), Rooney Mara (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Rashida Jones (I Love You, Man) and Justin Timberlake (Alpha Dog). Currently the movie, which is already earning Oscar buzz, has an average rating of a 3.4 on our site. Out of the nine people who have rated the film only three of them have given it five stars while the teaser trailer for the movie has had over 8,000 views. Here is what one of our readers had to say about the new movie: "A beautifully written tale expressing the irony that a man with five hundred million subscribers has nary a friend." The movie is predicted to earn $30 million this weekend in its debut.Read More