- Cast: Chloë Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Cara Buono, Sasha Barrese, Dylan Minnette, Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak, Nicolai Dorian, Brett DelBuono, Chris Browning, Seth Adkins, Taylor Warden, Rowbie Orsatti
- Director: Matt Reeves
- Writers: Matt Reeves, John Ajvide Lindqvist
- Producers: Alexander Yves Brunner, Guy East, Donna Gigliotti, Carl Molinder, John Nordling, Simon Oakes, Nigel Sinclair
- Co Producer: Vicki Dee Rock
- Executive Producers: Tobin Armbrust, Philip Elway, Fredrik Malmberg, John Ptak
- Art Direction: Guy Barnes
- Castings: Jo Edna Boldin, Avy Kaufman
- Costume Design: Melissa Bruning
- D.O.P.: Greig Fraser
- Makeup: Tarra D. Day
- Music: Michael Giacchino
- Production Design: Ford Wheeler
- Set Decoration: Wendy Ozols-Barnes
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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New Mexico, USA
- MPAA Warning: Strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation
- Production Companies: EFTI, Hammer Film Productions, Overture Films
2010 Guide Analyis: "The quality doesn't matter because as of this moment, no other film in 2010 is being pushed in front of a firing squad quicker by geeks than this unnecessary Hollywood adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel. Why? Because Alfredson's critically acclaimed Swedish-language film adaptation has already become a cult sensation throughout much of the world.
A lot of the mainstream audiences still haven't caught on though to that original gem, and with the "Twilight" craze in full swing, it's no surprise Overture Films is rushing forward with their more commercial take on this unique vampire story. "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves, who is helming this, is well aware of the pressure he's under but hopes people will give the project a chance.
To that extent, there's already hints at some big departures from the first film with this one using more elements from the novel, including the early 80's setting, that Alfredson chose to cut. While the author is open to the project, Alfredson isn't and already delivered the pointed quote - "If one should remake a film, it's because the original is bad. And I don't think mine is." Filming is underway in New Mexico and wraps next month with a late 2010 release planned."