Plot/Synopsis: Let Me In is a 2010 American horror/romance/drama film directed by Matt Reeves. It is based on the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in), directed by Tomas Alfredson, and the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It tells the story of a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a vampire child in a New Mexico town in the early 1980s.
In 1983 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a police detective (Elias Koteas) enters the hospital room of a disfigured man (Richard Jenkins) and tells him that he will catch whoever else is in league with him, but is then called out to take a phone call. While he is on the phone, a scream is heard, and the detective finds the suspect has fallen out of the window to his death. The man had scribbled a note: "I'm sory (sic) Abby".
Flashback two weeks earlier, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a very unhappy and lonely 12-year-old boy, who is neglected by his divorcing parents and continually harassed by cruel bullies. Owen harbors considerable anger against the school bullies; he often enacts imaginary fights where he stabs various targets representing the bullies. While peering at neighbors from his bedroom window with a telescope, he notices a girl (Chloë Moretz) and a middle-aged man who appears to be her father move in next door. One evening, when Owen is alone in the courtyard, practicing one of his imaginary fights, his actions are observed by the girl who starts the first conversation with Owen. Her name is revealed to be Abby, who claims to be 12 years old. Abby tells Owen that they cannot be friends, but regardless Abby and Owen grow closer, seeing each other at night and communicating by Morse code through the walls of their apartments. At school the main bully, Kenny (Dylan Minnette) scars Owen with an antenna rod; when Abby finds out about this she tells him to defend himself and she will help him if needed.
Meanwhile, Abby's "father" goes out nightly to kill local residents to acquire blood for the vampiric Abby. During his first murder, he accidentally spills the blood. After he returns home empty handed, a furious Abby kills and feeds off a jogger who lives in the same neighborhood; the father dumps the body in a lake so that Abby is not incriminated. Abby continues developing her relationship with Owen and the father asks Abby to stop seeing Owen, but she does not. One night, the father hides in a high school students car, who ends up bringing a passenger. While the driver stops at a gas station, the father kills the passenger and gets in a car accident. Trapped, the father douses his face with acid so that his connection to Abby will not be discovered. The father is taken to the hospital; when Abby hears this on the news, she climbs up outside his window. Abby drinks his blood after the father silently implores her to do so, and he falls out to his death.
Abby goes to Owen's window while he is asleep and asks him if she can come in. Owen allows her into his room, and he asks her to be his girlfriend, which she accepts. The detective gradually learns of the protector's connection to Abby. The next day on a field trip for school, Owen stands up to Kenny and hits him with a pole, splitting his ear. That night, when Owen tells Abby, she approvingly kisses him on the cheek. He then takes her to an abandoned area of the complex where he cuts his finger to make a blood pact with her. Abby is drawn to the blood falling to the ground; she licks it up and Owen sees her vampiric face, but instead of attacking Owen, Abby runs away and attacks Virginia (Sasha Barrese), a woman in the complex park, but is chased off by her boyfriend, Larry (Dylan Kenin). Owen becomes afraid and calls to his estranged father, who ends the phone call quickly. Owen then proceeds to Abby's apartment. She tells him she needs blood to live. As Owen looks through Abby's belongings, it becomes clear from old photos that the middle-aged man who protected her was not her father, but that many years ago, he was a boy she knew. Owen becomes frightened and leaves Abby's apartment. At the hospital, the police officer learns from Larry that Abby attacked Virginia. A few seconds later, a vampiric Virginia begins to feed on the blood in her arm from her IV. When a nurse opens the blinds to the daylight, she bursts into flames, setting fire to the nurse and the hospital room.
Abby visits one night when Owen's mother (Cara Buono) is away. Owen opens the door for her and she tells him he needs to invite her in. He asks why, so she enters without an invitation, which causes her to bleed heavily until he verbally acquiesces. Abby confidently tells Owen that she knew he would not let her die. Abby showers and Owen offers her one of his mother's dresses, but she leaves when his mother returns. The next morning, the detective heads to Abby's apartment and breaks in. He finds Abby asleep in the bathroom and tries to shine the daylight to see her, partially burning Abby, but Owen distracts him. Abby kills the detective and leaves that night after her identity is discovered. A taxi takes Abby to her new destination, as Owen watches from the window and cries.
During gym class, Kenny, his older brother Jimmy (Brett DelBuono), and friends start a fire outside to distract the teacher (Ritchie Coster) and clear out the swimming pool. Jimmy tells Owen that if he can survive underwater for three minutes, then he will cut Owen's cheek; if he cannot he will poke an eye out. Owen is held underwater by Jimmy and struggles to hold his breath. However, as he is held underwater, a commotion takes place above the surface. Soon, Jimmy's head falls into the water, as well as various other body parts. Owen surfaces as the screams of the bullies fall silent, to meet the eyes of Abby. As Abby and Owen exit, snow falls from a broken window into the bloodstained pool, which is surrounded by the dismembered bodies of the bullies. Owen travels on a train, with Abby beside him in a trunk to avoid the sunlight. They tap out brief messages to each other in Morse code.
Genre: horror, drama, romance, fantasy, mystery
Cast: kodi smit-mcphee,chloë grace moretz,richard jenkins,elias koteas,cara buono,sasha barrese,dylan minnette,jimmy "jax" pinchak,nicolai dorian,brett delbuono,ritchie coster,chris browning,seth adkins,taylor warden,rowbie orsatti,dylan kenin