"Let Me In" breaks the new-age vampire trend
Everyone can agree that television and film audiences have received a wide array of new-age vampire films the past few years. Movie audiences are sick and tired of it, but can you blame them?
It's about time that the mythical creatures return to their old roots, and "Let Me In" is nothing short of a good old classic vampire movie. Chloe Moretz ("500 Days of Summer," "Kick Ass") is the perfect interpretation of what a vampire should be: scary, bloodthirsty, and evil.
Taking place in 1983, Owen, played by Kodi Smit-Mcphee ("The Road"), a 12-year-old boy constantly being bullied in school, meets Abby (Moretz) when she moves into his apartment complex with her pretend father figure (actor Richard Jenkins). Owen automatically notices something bizarre about Abby, but he chooses to overlook it when he becomes infatuated with her. But as the town's blood bath keeps filling up, a policeman played by Elias Koteas ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Shutter Island") will stop at nothing to keep the investigation going.
This is probably one of the best real vampire films to date. It has everything a horror movie needs, from suspense to gore. Moretz portrays an excellent vampire. Though she's quite young, she is unbelievably creepy when she has to be. She keeps the vampire model classic, with such limitations as being invited in and drinking human blood as opposed to animal blood. And she will actually burst into flames with any hint of the sun on her skin, and not sparkle, as the new-age vampires nowadays.
Smit-Mcphee also keeps it classy. His character is easy to sympathize with as he goes through constant trials and tribulations.
This film literally has you cringing in your seat; it's that suspenseful. If you're looking for a thrill and an ‘actual' good vampire movie, "Let Me In" will not disappoint.