Movie Watch: Let Me In

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Beware: Written for pure enjoyment and spoilers are included.

I recently spoke about the Box Office and how much of a wonderful innovation it was.

One of the first movies we rented through Box Office was Let Me In. To tell you frankly, I happened to just stumble upon it while looking through the movies that were on offer at Box Office at that time. The movie came highly rated on RottenTomatoes and as I'd been on a rampant lookout for a good horror flick, I thought I'd give it a try. The film does not star popular actors and is off the beaten track when it comes to the horror genre but is definitely highly enjoyable.

I convinced the family by showing them the trailer and although Box Office categorised this movie as a drama, you can clearly gather from the movie trailer that it was definitely not just that.

The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Owen, who leads a lonely life - being bullied in school and neglected by his divorced parents. He then meets Abby, a 12-year-old girl, who recently moved into the same complex that Owen stays in. They form an unusual friendship.

However, Abby and her "dad" lead a secret life. At night, Abby's dad would go out and kill local residents to collect blood for Abby, who is actually a vampire. One night, the attempted abduction of a victim goes wrong and Abby's dad is captured by the police. To avoid recognition and a possibility of a connection back to Abby, he poured acid on his face. Later in the hospital, when he is visited by Abby, he encourages her to kill him.

Abby is left all alone now to fend for herself. One night while out with Owen, she shows her vampiric self when Owen suggests that the two do a blood pact together. Once calmed, Owen confronted Abby where she admitted that she was indeed a vampire. Owen also discovers that Abby's dad was not her dad at all but was actually a man that Abby knew since he was a boy.

Towards the end of the movie, Abby comes back and saves Owen from the school bullies that have been hounding him. Owen accepts Abby for who she is and runs away with her.

The film was very haunting and very sad in the end, knowing that Owen's life and fate would turn out, most probably, like Abby's "dad".

If you haven't seen this and are in the mood for some mental scaring, this is definitely worth the watch.

Let me in...and tell me what you think.

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