Friday, September 28, 2012

Freaky Friday: Let Me In

LET ME IN opens with a mix of disjointed images: a man in an ambulance burned by acid, a detective questioning the man in the hospital, a phone call from the man’s daughter interrupting the interrogation, the wind howling as the man jumps out of the hospital window, and finally himself a note with the words, “I’m sory Abby”.
After these quick flashes, we go back in time two weeks before the incident. A strange outcast boy, Owen, is dealing with teenage curiosity about sex, his parents’ nasty divorce, and bullying at school. New neighbors move next door - a girl who wears no shoes even in the snow and her father. The girl, Abby, warns Owen that they "can’t be friends". Then, the film shifts to a killer who murders a teenager and drains his blood in the woods. We’re shown that the killer and the new neighbor / father are the same man. But, things are not as they seem

The film’s lighting is amazing. In each scene, we’re treated to a new shade of color: red, yellow, blue, black and white. The colors reflect the mood, atmosphere, and action of the scene in grim detail. It’s also riddled with David Bowie songs (takes place in the 1980s), which I find incredibly amusing given the subject matter of the film.
As the film progresses, we learn the connection behind the disjointed images in the beginning, and it ties together surprisingly well, despite the shaky start. The two lead actors, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen, and ChloĆ« Grace Moretz as Abby, are brilliant and ridiculously adorable, even with the surrounding horrific events and questionable suspects behind them. The love between young Owen and Abby develops into a Romeo and Juliet story - the same play they’re reading in Owen’s class as well as watching - but it’s a love story with a severe twist. You’ll have to watch the film to find out what. Overall, despite being a little slow on the first half, it’s worth the watch.

Rating: B

Have you seen LET ME IN? What do you think of a horror twist on a Romeo and Juliet style story?


  1. i watched this some time last year and enjoyed it. I'd heard a lot of hoopla about it because there's another European version that people loved and therefore hated the American one. I think B is a fair rating.

    1. Hi Prerna! Yes, I've already been getting all types of tweets about the Swedish version. LOL. Apparently, I need to check it out. :)

  2. I LOVE the idea of a horror twist on Romeo and Juliet! I haven't heard of this one but now I've GOT to see it. Thanks for featuring it!