STARRING Chloë Grace Moretz, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Richard Jenkins
WRITTEN BY Matt Reeves
DIRECTED BY Matt Reeves
Matt Reeves is aware that there are some fans out there who hate him for remaking 2008’s cult vampire hit from Sweden, Let the Right One In. He knows that they’re trolling IMDb, vociferously urging audiences to ”Boycott this movie!” (that’s a typical thread). But the Cloverfield director asks that they give his movie a chance. ”I have nothing but reverence for the original. It’s a beautiful film, and it will always be there,” he says. ”Ours was an attempt to explore the story in a different context.”
The plot still centers on a bullied pubescent boy (The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee) whose new neighbor turns out to be a deadly vampire in the body of a 12-year-old girl (Kick-Ass’ Chloë Grace Moretz) — only now the film’s set in snowy Los Alamos, N.M., in 1983. The two misfits become friends, and together they try to assuage the (literal) horror of their existence. ”These kids connect through the pain of their loneliness,” says Reeves. ”I thought there was something so beautiful about the juxtaposition of the characters’ innocence and the [brutal] genre stuff.” With its adult themes and eerie atmosphere, Let Me In bears little resemblance to that other franchise about adolescent bloodsuckers. ”I don’t think anyone could mistake our movie for Twilight,” the director laughs. ”This has a darker side to it.” And a helluva lot more blood.