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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.


Matt Reeves


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


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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Plot Keywords:

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


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Fish Head See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Abby is barefoot in the snow, Chloë Grace Moretz was really barefoot. During filming the crew had to heat up her feet in between takes so she didn't get too cold. See more »


According to the canon of modern vampire stories, the scene where Abby comes in uninvited and begins to bleed to death shouldn't have happened: Owen had already invited her into the apartment in a previous scene, and if a vampire is invited in once they never have to be invited again. But this detail is a relatively new addition to vampire lore, and only applies to specific depictions. Historical mythologies have stated that all supernatural beings are unable to enter a house unless they are invited, but the first novel about vampires ('The Vampyre', John William Polidori, 1819) did not mention this requirement, which was first applied to vampires in 'Dracula' (Bram Stoker, 1897) - but permission was required each time the vampire entered the house. Modern vampire stories in television and film (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) changed this requirement, such that permission to enter need only be granted once. In 'Let Me In' (and in the source novel and film), permission must be granted every time. 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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Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
Written by Boy George (as George O'Dowd), Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig (as Michael Craig)
Performed by Culture Club
Licensed by Arrangement with EMI Virgin Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Vampire movies should be more like this one
5 October 2010 | by jthess200See all my reviews

Matt Reeves, who is most famous for his monster film "Cloverfield", took on the task of adapting and directing this film. Two years ago, film festivals were in love with the Swedish Horror film "Let the Right One In" and it was almost a given that it was needed to be made American. In our culture vampires have kind of turned into more of romantic figures and a lot of times represent sexuality. This film goes back to basics and makes this vampire what I think they are sup post to be, which is completely scary and messed up. What is very impressive is that Reeves takes this and in a way, his changes actually enhance the story and kind of makes it better and more entertaining. Kodi Smith-McPhee who was spectacular in last year's "The Road" and Chloe Moretz who received most of her fame as Hit-Girl in this year's "Kick-Ass" carry this film and both of these kids bring a type of eeriness; these kids both knew exactly how their characters were sup post to be and they hit it spot on. This gory, terrifying, and dark film turns into some type of odd entertainment and represents why people would even want to see a horror film; it has a strong story and an even stronger scare. Instead of going over the top Reeves bends this movie into a tension roller-coaster more than anything. Very rarely can a foreign film be successfully adapted and made a success in America, but Reeves made something that can stand a distance from the original, but still he true to its origin. It is a great movie for the Halloween season, it will most likely refresh people who are used to "American Vampires" and give them a real vampire movie

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