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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Let Me In - Review (2010) - 31 Days of Horror #1

Synopsis:  The story of a bullied 12-year-old boy that becomes friend with a girl that looks to be his age.  The relationship turns out to be much more unique than expected.

Review:  One thing that makes this a standout film (not just a standout horror film) is that fact that this is more than a one dimensional horror story and more a story about loneliness and friendship.  This may sound odd, but it is probably the sweetest horror story I can remember seeing.  Instead of focusing on creating scares it allows the viewer to get wrapped up in the relationship of two outcasts.  It is slow, subtle and deliberate.  The story of the friendship creates a great contrast to the horror that lies within.  The horror is unique in that it is never played for scares, it is just scary as hell.  Instead of all the horror cliches, a quiet scene suddenly breaks out in terror because that is where the story leads it.  There is a long periods of silence and between them are some terrifying moments.   Don't expect any things popping to get that cheap jolt or scream, instead expect images and concepts that will stick with you for a long time. 

This is a rare remake that keeps intact all that made the original so noteworthy.  Which begs the question, why make it then?  I guess Americans REALLY hate reading (or Swedish.)

SCARINESS              4.0 out of 5  
The scares creep up on you.  It is not death after death like some films so when they occur it is more effective.

GORE/VIOLENCE       4 out of 5
Not a ton of gore, but the images presented will resonate.

STORY                       5 out of  5
If you removed the horror aspect of this film it could play like a coming of age drama - it is not just a horror film.  That is rare and works in its favor.

Overall Rating (just as a film, not a horror film):  9 out of 10

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