Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Month of Horror Day 27: Let Me In

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Today Bellamy risks the wrath of movie nerds everywhere by liking a remake more than the original!?! Shame! 

I am going to catch some heat for this but I prefer this American remake in just about every way to the Swedish original. Yes, I know that the original Let The Right One In is held up on a pedestal and even the mere mention of a remake was blasphemous when it was first mentioned but I think that director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) pulled it off in a very big way. It's filmed in a very classy and slow burn manner which is how the material should be handled as it allows the atmosphere to organically build and the characters to realistically grow, and that's where this story truly excels is in the character department. Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee play the two children that the film revolves around, one is just a normal adolescent boy and the other is a world weary vampire forever stuck in a young girl's body. The two young actors are absolutely fantastic and you believe every interaction between them, and (dare I say it in a horror write up?) even bond in a realistic and sweet way to the point you honestly believe the young boy is falling in love with his new non-human friend, growing increasingly fascinated by her as he realizes she is not what she appears to be. Don't let that "L word" turn your stomach too much, there is plenty of real horror here as blood is spilled, throats are torn out, bodies dismembered, and even people set on fire! 'Let Me In' is easily one of the most touching horror flick I've seen, well, ever actually. I am a very big fan of this remake and will defend it to everyone who says it should never exist in the first place--it does, it's fantastic, deal with it! If you've never seen any iteration of the material then I say you should absolutely seek this out, it came and went in theatres way too quickly and demands a watch.

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