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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.

Director:

Matt Reeves

Writers:

Matt Reeves (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay "Låt den rätte komma in") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Owen
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Abby
Richard Jenkins ... The Father
Cara Buono ... Owen's Mother
Elias Koteas ... The Policeman
Sasha Barrese ... Virginia
Dylan Kenin ... Larry
Chris Browning ... Jack
Ritchie Coster ... Mr. Zoric
Dylan Minnette ... Kenny
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak ... Mark (as Jimmy Jax Pinchak)
Nicolai Dorian ... Donald
Rebekah Wiggins ... Nurse
Seth Adkins ... High School Kid
Ashton Moio ... Lanky Kid
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Storyline

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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school | vampire | night | blood | boy | See All (119) »

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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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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fish Head See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a few shots in the movie, a few lens flares can be seen. These shots are most likely a nod to director J.J. Abrams, who not only uses these types of shots in his movies, but he also grew up with the director of "Let Me In", Matt Reeves. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) This movie takes place in 1983, yet the taxi cab that Abby gets into near the end of the movie appears to be a 1986 model. The car has a high-mount brake light, which didn't appear on cars in the U.S. until the 1986 model year. See more »

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[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Carrie (2013) See more »

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Let's Dance
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
Licensed by Arrangement with Jones Music America
(ASCAP) admin. by ARZO Publishing
Courtesy of RZO Music
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Let Me In -- Emotionally Wrenching
12 October 2010 | by FourInTheFamilySee all my reviews

Let Me In is an emotionally wrenching film. My opinion/review is for this film, not the original.

Hopefully you know that the gist of the movie is about a lonely boy who is bullied at school and then a young girl moves in next door who is a vampire. By emotionally wrenching, I want say how expertly this film made you feel: anger and fury at the bullies, helpless for the boy Owen, sadness at both Owen and Abby's isolation, frustration at Owen's parents, hope for Owen and Abby with their budding friendship, and genuine surprise/horror at the violence of Abby's vampire actions. You will walk out with a lot on your mind after this movie.

Definitely NOT your mindless horror/vampire film and as a movie on its own (not compared to the original) it is capable of pulling lots of different emotions. It also definitely had some jump-in-your-seats moments, too.

This movie for kids? Definite NO - this is not a sappy romance with pretty actors. It is a dark movie with heavy themes. You need to gauge it appropriately for tweens -- it has some heavy plot lines regarding the kids at school and what Abby&'s father-figure is willing to do for her.


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