Evidence That <i>Let Me In</i> Might Not Be Completely Terrible

Fans of Let the Right One In, the touching 2008 Swedish vampire-romance, have been dreading the American version by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, fearing much of what makes the film so haunting and touch will be lost in translation. It's a rational fear, to be sure, as many movies don't travel well across the Atlantic. (I prefer the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel over the Tomas Alfredson film, for what it's worth.) But if these first two production stills from Overture Films are any indication -- granted, they may not be -- Reeves & Co. seem to have the look and mood right for Let Me In. Everything could go down hill from there, of course, but they offer at least a glimmer of hope. Don't they?

Let Me In, which stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz and Richard Jenkins, opens on Oct. 1. Check out the photos and the official synopsis below.

An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

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