Colton on Film: Let Me In

TO mark the official return of Hammer Film Productions, Matt Reeves makes the second film adaptation of Swedish author’s John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let The Right One.

A tale of prepubescent friendship, the difficulties of uncertain emotions and hormones… with a vampire.

With the acclaimed success and prestige of the Swedish addition, it seems only typical that Hollywood would have a go in order to make a quick buck.

Yet, Reeves manages to create something truly spectacular. Let Me In doesn’t read Hollywood at all, proving a lot more graphic in terms of the violence and character emotions than the 2008 Swedish version.

Chloe Grace Moretz, the 13-year-old American star plays Abby, an undead blood sucking 12-year-old that befriends Owen, brilliantly played by Aussie actor Kodi Smit-McPhee.

The two young actors had a tough role holding an entire horror film targeted for adults, and which very much centers on adult themes. However, Moretz and Smit-McPhee, stars of Kick-Ass and The Road respectively, don’t overplay the struggle of mature emotions and, in parts, make them too believable.

Let Me In is certainly a frightful horror film, but don’t let that sway you from viewing it. In essence, it’s also a haunting love story.

It may not have excelled at the Box Office in it’s opening weekend when it was perhaps deserved, but without a doubt it is definitely the best horror film to come out of America in the last decade and is most definitely worth watching.

My Verdict: ****