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Let Me In
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 04 October 2010 00:00

Let Me InWhen I heard that the brilliantly disturbing Swedish film Let the Right One In was being remade for American audiences, I said it would probably be a butchered. I will now proceed to eat my words… or at least some of them. The aptly titled Let Me In is actually a very good film and a respectful adaptation of the original. But if it’s so similar, why did it need to be remade at all?

Both the original and remake are about the loss of innocence, coming of age in a sometimes cruel world. Owen is a 12-year-old boy whose parents are divorcing, and who is being severely bullied at school. Anger is building inside of him to the point that he’s toting a small knife and fantasizing about revenge. But his gentle nature makes him feel powerless. When a little girl named Abby moves in next door, he’s finally found a friend. She is strange, and smells kind of funny – she also walks barefoot in the snow - but the two kids hit it off. But Abby isn’t what she appears to be and Owen finds that maybe he doesn’t mind having a monster for a friend.

Smitt-McPhee and MoretzThe truth is that the real monsters in this film are human, and under the age of 15. The bullying that Owen puts up with is truly horrendous and it’s harder to watch the children brutalizing each other than it is to see any amount of horror movie blood.

Let Me In starsBoth children give amazing performances! Kodi Smitt-McPhee plays Owen with innocent vulnerability while Chloe Moretz goes from Hit Girl in Kick-Ass to vamp and she does an amazing job. My only problem with her casting is that in the original there was a question of Abby’s true gender, but here she is obviously a very pretty girl.

Are we really so afraid of subtitles that we need English remakes of every good film out there? Apparently so. But at least Let Me In is true in tone to Let the Right One In and perhaps a good way to promote interest in foreign originals.


Directed by Matt Reeves, Starring Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smitt-McPhee.

Released by Hammer Productions, the same studio famous for their “Hammer Horror” films in the 1950’s (Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein etc.)

Both films are based on the Swedish novel “Let the Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist.