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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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2.35 : 1
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Director Matt Reeves explained why a deleted scene, showing Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) being attacked as a human, was cut. (The scene was released on the Internet.) Contrary to the belief that the scene, depicting her being changed to a vampire and entering Owen's mind, would be too intense for the viewers, Reeves stated that he felt the scene would have disturbed the flow of the film. He remarked that he wished it would have been able to make the final cut. See more »


The Now and Laters seen in this movie have had that logo since the early 1990s. The movie takes place during the early 1980s. 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

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Breakup Song
Written by Greg Kihn, Stephen Wright & Gary Phillips (as Gary Phillipet)
Performed by the Greg Kihn Band
Licensed by Arrangement with Rye Boy Music administered by Joel S. Turtle
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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The Undead Star-crossed Lover
17 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Let Me In" is a breath of fresh air for fans of the vampire-horror genre that are suffocating on the current teenie-bopper "Twilight" trend. The vampire lifestyle is not romanticized or glamorized, with the undead being iconic, aloof, seductive, or misunderstood in the world. A little girl and her father move into a low rent apartment, becoming nameless neighbors, in this instance with the inability to afford shoes. Though presumably this vampire has survived for decades or centuries, she is just a little girl, fumbling through a relationship for the first time. She is not a wizened old soul in the body of a child. She is a child like any other, until her hunger takes control and she becomes something feral. An original, enveloping, American horror movie has not been presented in years. This movie is not an exception (it is a Swedish remake), but it is nice to see something that isn't a remake of a film that is Japanese, or from the 70's. This film is well made and well performed, with a story line new to American audiences, making it definitely worth the ever-inflating price of theater admission.

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