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Let Me In

116 min
Drama | Horror | Mystery
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Matt Reeves
14 wins & 25 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2010-10-01
Filming Locations: Moana Condominiums - 1100 Alvarado Drive SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Budget: $20,000,000
Opening Weekend: $5,147,479 (USA) (4 October 2010)
Gross: $12,134,420 (USA) (5 December 2010)
Colin Moretz
Colin Moretz
Let Me In
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Richard Jenkins
The Father
Cara Buono
Owen's Mother
Elias Koteas
The Policeman
Sasha Barrese
Dylan Kenin
Chris Browning
Ritchie Coster
Mr. Zoric
Dylan Minnette
Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak
Nicolai Dorian
Rebekah Wiggins
Seth Adkins
High School Kid
Ashton Moio
Lanky Kid
Brett DelBuono
Kenny's Brother
Gwendolyn Apple
Girl in Pool
Rowbie Orsatti
Scottie Tate
Brenda Wehle
Galen Hutchison
Football Player #1
Dean Satriano
Football Player #2
Rachel Hroncich
Admitting Nurse
Deborah L. Mazor
Day Nurse
Frank Bond
Train Conductor
Kayla Anderson
Tobin Espeset
Paramedic #1
Ben Bode
Paramedic #2
Juliet Lopez
Paramedic #3
Jon Kristian Moore
Paramedic #4
David T. Quan
Hospital Onlooker (uncredited)
Ronald Reagan
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Did you know?
Copies of the film were sent to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to be screened on November 19, 2010. It was viewed on the last day of the Oscar screenings.
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Director Matt Reeves stated the main thing he loved about the novel 'Let the Right One In' was the fact that Abby wasn't a scheming 250-year old woman inside a 12-year old body. She was very much a child emotionally and has had to protect herself from getting too close with anyone. He believed Abby was testing Owen to see if he would show he cared for her and stay or if he would get scared and stop seeing her.
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Abby asks if Owen would still like her if she wasn't a girl. This is not only a reference to her being a vampire, but to the fact that, in the book, Abby (Eli) is actually a boy who was castrated at the same time that he was turned into a vampire.
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This movie takes place in 1983, yet the taxi cab that Abby gets into near the end of the movie appears to be a 1986 model. The car has a high-mount brake light, which didn't appear on cars in the U.S. until the 1986 model year.
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Early in the movie the gym teacher tells Owen to show up after school at 4:00 for strength training. Near the end of the movie when Owen shows up, presumably at the appointed hour of 4:00, it is dark outside. It is never dark out in Los Alamos at 4:00. Even on the shortest day of the year it doesn't get dark until well after 5. Closer to 5:30.
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When the Policeman breaks down the door to Abby's house, he is holding a 1911-type pistol. This sort of weapon is single-action, which means the hammer must be cocked before it can fire. The hammer is in the forward/down position the whole time, meaning he was entering what he knew to be a dangerous situation with a weapon that would not fire if he pulled the trigger.
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Owen: Look, it's so cool!
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The Policeman: Are you a Satanist? Are you involved in some sort of cult?
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Abby: [to Owen] You have to invite me in.
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A Note Regarding Spoilers
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Why are they remaking this?
According to producer Simon Oakes: "...the story was so great, so beautiful, that it should be seen by a bigger audience. So I was always saying to myself, people in Manhattan have seen it, guys like you [genre journalists/fans] because it's in your wheelhouse, in New York, in Chicago, in Chelsea, in Notting Hill, in London but no one in Glasgow or Edinburgh or Bristol or Idaho or Pittsburgh has seen this film. It's a story that needs to be seen by a wider audience. Then it came down to [the question], how do you achieve that? By paying homage to the original. " Source here.
How are we to interpret the final scene? Has Owen replaced Abby's 'Father'?
This is a question that each viewer will need to decide personally, depending upon his or her interpretation of the film. It's clear that Owen is still human at the end of the film, sitting in a sunlit window and eating a Now & Later. Part way through the film, however, we see some old photos, from about the 1960s, of Abby (looking exactly the same as she does now) with a young boy around the age of 12 who has glasses and a large birth mark on his face. We also see that Abby's Father wears glasses and has a large birth mark on his face. The conclusion is that Abby either manipulated the young boy or he, like Owen, chose to run away with her. Instead of turning him, however, she allowed him to stay human, kill people, and collect their blood for her to drink. This could very well be Owen's fate. Some viewers have also suggested that Abby was tired of living that way and, once they found a place to live, she would turn Owen and they would spend eternity together. This is what actually occurs in the epilogue to the book.
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Photos from cast
Chloë Grace Moretz Colin Moretz