TIFF Video Reaction: Matt Reeves’ Let Me In

Overture Films/Hammer Films have finally premiered Matt Reeves‘ big screen adaptation Let Me In, a remake of the critically acclaimed book/2008 Swedish film Let The Right On In. Many of you might be curious how this film ended turning out. I know a lot of people were angry this was even being made in the first place. How was it? I recorded a video blog with Alex of FirstShowing, and you can watch it after the jump.

Release: October 1st, 2010 (Wide)

Directed by: Matt Reeves
Screenplay by: Matt Reeves
Produced by: Donna Gigliotti, Simon Oakes, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, John Nordling, Carl Molinder
Executive Producers: Alex Brunner, Tobin Armbrust, John Ptak, Philip Elway, Fredrik Malmberg, Vicki Dee Rock
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Richard Jenkins

An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

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