Let Me In, director Matt Reeves’ adaptation of the acclaimed Swedish novel and film Let the Right One In, has been selected to open Fantastic Fest on Sept. 23 in Austin, Texas.
The largest genre-film festival in the United States, Fantastic Fest previously has presented the world premieres of such movies as There Will Be Blood, Apocalypto, Zombieland and Gentlemen Broncos. The Sept. 23 screening will mark the U.S. premiere of Let Me In. The horror-romance opens nationwide on Oct. 1.
Fans of the original film, and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel on which it’s based, were initially troubled by news of an Americanized version. However, the release of the first trailer in early July, followed by Overture’s presentation at Comic-Con International, seem to have turned the tide for the vampire romance/thriller.
Reeves (Cloverfield) will attend the red-carpet event at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, along with stars Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).
Here’s the official synopsis:
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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