I needed a movie like this to remind me just how good this type of subject matter can be. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz were phenomenal. They brought a subtlety to there characters that was gently heartbreaking at times, while exquisitely silent and perceptive at others. The dynamic of the characters was tangible, and the viewer ends up with a sense – not of whether the actions of the characters are right or wrong or whether vampirism itself is okay when presented with the face of a 12-year-old girl – but of whether they themselves believe in the rightness or wrongness of where the story takes this young boy. Unlike most “scary” movies, this one leaves the viewer with something to think about.
Let Me In (2010)
R | 1h 56min
Synopsis: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.
Directors: Matt Reeves
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins