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Let Me In (2010)

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A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen's Mother
Mark (as Jimmy Jax Pinchak)
High School Kid
Lanky Kid


In Los Alamos, New Mexico, the twelve year-old Owen is a lonely and outcast boy bullied in school by Kenny and two other classmates; at home, Owen dreams of avenging himself against the trio of bullies. He befriends his twelve-year-old next door neighbor, Abby, who only appears during the night in the playground of their building. Meanwhile, Abby's father is a wanted serial-killer who drains the blood of his victims to supply Abby, who is actually an ancient vampire. Abby advises Owen to fight Kenny; however, soon he discovers that she is a vampire, and he feels fear and love for the girl. Meanwhile a police officer is investigating the murder cases, believing that it is a satanic cult. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Innocence dies. Abby doesn't.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language and a brief sexual situation | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fish Head  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,147,479, 4 October 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,134,420, 5 December 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The word "vampire" is only said once in the film. See more »


Early in the movie the gym teacher tells Owen to show up after school at 4:00 for strength training. Near the end of the movie when Owen shows up, presumably at the appointed hour of 4:00, it is dark outside. It is never dark out in Los Alamos at 4:00. Even on the shortest day of the year it doesn't get dark until well after 5. Closer to 5:30. See more »


[first lines]
Paramedic #1: One-three-one to dispatch, come in.
Radio Dispatcher: [after delay] One-three-one, this is dispatch, go ahead.
Paramedic #1: This is one-three-one. We have a male, mid 50s, with burns over nine to nine and a half percent of his body. Prior to our arrival on scene, the patient apparently doused his head, neck and face with some sort of highly concentrated acid. patient's airway is severely compromised due to fume inhalation. Vital signs unstable. Please advise, patient is a federal suspect. We're coming in with a ...
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Crazy Credits

The movie's end credits are in the form of black text on a white background, which is the opposite of most movie credits, which are usually white text on a black background. See more »


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just goes to show that remakes can cut the mustard.
12 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I am ashamed to say I have not yet seen the original Swedish version of this movie although it is on my list of to do's for the very near future especially after seeing the Hollywood remake which is in one hyphenated word.; Jaw-dropping.

From the very first frames it captivates you with every cinematic tool available. The scary bits are very scary, the photography stunning and the acting beyond description for a cast starring two 12(ish) year olds. But then Kodi Smit McPhee has previous starring as "the boy" in The Road, another mature and beautiful performance. One wonders just how far he can go on the basis of these two Oscar quality performances. Abby, the vampire is played by Chloe Moretz who absolutely stunned in Kick Ass as Hit Girl.

It's billed as a horror movie but it's actually a love story and a very moving one at that. The quietness and intensity of the young couple's illicit (in so many ways) relationship is at the core of the movie and their shared screen time are the real beating pulse of the movie. You will not see a better and more intimate love story this year.

Matt Reeves, as director, is surely one of the most promising Hollywood talents out there. His previous film, Cloverfield, is one of the most underrated films I've ever seen. Why is it not considered amongst the best aliens movie ever made? Anyway, you can be sure, that after this he will be moving onto the A list.

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