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Halloween is nearly upon us once more and I've been waiting a good while to review this masterpiece from Matt Reeves.
You ever have one of those flicks that you stumble upon by accident? This was one of them. I had known of this movie for a few years, but when I saw this in 2014 after I had seen a clip on YouTube about this vampire romantic-horror between a lonely boy and what seems like an innocent girl the same age as him, but really turns out to be an over 200 year-old vampire that has the form of a 12 year-old girl.
The story really focuses on the relationship between Owen, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee and Abby, portrayed by Chloe Grace Moretz.
Chloe really makes the audience feel sympathy for Abby as here is someone that was turned against her will from a very young age and is having to survive by having to do the one thing that she hates herself for doing and yet doesn't wish to perish either. And it takes exceptional talent for an actress to make the audience feel sympathy for a vampire, and Chloe does this competently.
Owen equally has his own troubles dealing with sadistic bullies, of which the lead bully is bullied by his elder brother. The bullying scenes are just as horrific as the horror scenes in where Abby does what she can to feed herself.
The flick does seem to repeat a formula where Abby and Owen will meet at night on the monkey bars on the grounds of his apartment block. The first meeting has them exchanging some less than pleasant exchanges in which Abby becomes fascinated with his Rubix cube and leaves the complete puzzle in the snow for him the next day.
Over the course of the movie the two grow closer and Abby begins to care for Owen even drawing attention to a scar on his cheek that he'd received from the bullies and instructs to fight back hard in order to deter further bullying.
For a low budget horror movie it really does well fleshing the characters out and being able to care about them.
The visual effects are nothing noteworthy but when you only have $20 million then you get what you pay for. Thankfully these do not take you out of the story and the CG shots are very far and few between.
I strongly recommend this flick. It's not the most sought-after Vampire movie ever, that honour still belongs to Bram Stoker's Dracula from 1992. But this comes a very close second.
If focuses on story and the characters. More so than the Twilight Saga's paper-thin character development and story. I enjoyed the first and third movie, the second was awful and tapped out after the 3rd.
Let Me In is easily the better Vampire movie compared to Twilight. But don't take my word for it - judge for yourself.
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