‘Let Me In’ exploits the usual tropes of vampire thrillers currently saturating popular culture. It has the tenderness of ‘Twilight’ and the brutality of ‘True Blood’ but combines the two in a way that is truly unique. Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a social outcast. He is tormented by sadistic bullies and refused comfort by an absent father and an alcoholic, emotionally unstable mother. In his loneliness, Owen forms a profound bond with his new and mysterious 12-year-old neighbour, Abby (Chloe Moretz).
But as a string of violent murders engulf his town, the protagonist is forced to face the reality that his only friend may be hiding a dark secret. Throughout the film, director Matt Reeves seamlessly juxtaposes vicious attack scenes against the innocence of a quietly blossoming childhood friendship, making ‘Let Me In’ both tender and haunting.
‘Let Me In’ is available on Blu-ray and DVD from February 23rd through Icon Film Distribution.