Overture Films, Exclusive Media Group, Hammer Film Productions

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas, Sasha Barrese, Dylan Kenin, Chris Browning, Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak, Ritchie Coster

Twelve year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is bullied at school on a daily basis. They are making his life a living hell. He meets a young girl who has moved in across the hall, Abby (Chloe Moretz), but though Owen thinks she’s the friend he’s always wanted, Abby says she cannot be his friend. As they grow closer, Abby gives him the courage he needs to fight back to the bullies, but as time passes Owen becomes convinced that Abby is hiding a terrible secret.

This is a nearly frame by frame remake of the Swedish film, “Let the Right One In“. It is a very well done Americanization of the original story. Both main actors play their part well. We feel the hurt every time something bad happens to Owen, and we feel the isolation Abby feels in her life. It’s creepy, but, although there are a few scares, mostly it’s ambiance and suspense that does the job. The mood is dark and eerie, and it suits the subject just perfectly.

This is one of those films that slipped through the cracks and comes through on video. If you’re a Gothic horror fan, this might be right up your alley. Not a great deal of action, but two hours of great character development and mystery and suspense rolled up into a Netflix “Watch Instantly” that is not too bad. If you’re a horror fan, this one is slow, but worth the effort if you stick it out. It’s a “Hammer” film, and Hammer knows how to put out the very best horror films of all time.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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