Lonely, 12-year-old Owen (Smit-McPhee) is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. A new friendship develops when Abby (Moretz), a pale, serious young girl who only comes out at night moves in next door. Coinciding with her arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. As Owen becomes more aware of Abby's tragic plight, he cannot forsake her. However, Abby knows that to continue living, she must keep relocating. But when Owen faces his darkest hour, Abby returns to defend him the only way she can. Based on the best-selling novel, "Let The Right One In," by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The original Swedish film was reviewed in Issue 140. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Matt Reeves, From The Inside: A Look At The Making Of (HD 17:04), The Art Of Special Effects (HD 06:29), a Car Crash Sequence (HD 05:34), deleted scenes with optional commentary by Reeves (SD 05:05), a trailer gallery, a poster and still gallery, Bonus View, up-front previews, a digital copy of the film, and a comic book.
The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is extremely dark and thus requires a display capable of excellent native contrast ratio performance viewed in a darkened room, preferably a black room, for optimum results. The stylistic picture's dark nature is hauntingly engaging, with excellent blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Due to the dark photography, the imagery appears generally softly focused, though, at times the picture is detailed. Colors are masked, due to the overall dark character, but at times do show strong hues. The picture appears film-like in density. Fleshtones are rendered naturally, with a touch of paleness. The imagery is pristine. This is a
hauntingly beautiful film that is emotionally engaging, though, with horrific and bloody moments. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is reserved but dynamically engaging, with a strong, deep .1 LFE energy that provides a strong foundation to the otherwise moody and horrific sonic character. In the more intense scenes, the sound is fully energized with strong SPL energy. Atmospheric sound effects are often subtle but nicely rendered. The music score provides a sweeping soundfield presence with a full orchestra that is well recorded. Both sound effects and the music provide, at times, an aggressive enveloping holosonic® experience, with effective directionalization both across the soundstage and in the surrounds. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially, even in moments of whispering, and the "screams" are frightening. The soundtrack effectively delivers the chills and creepiness, allowing the suspense to build with each scene. Throughout, the soundfield is dramatically energized with horrific sounds of terror and agony that characterizes the unknown, for a thrilling sonic experience. (Gary Reber)