First Pic of Chloe Moretz in ‘Let Me In’ [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 14th, 2010 at 10:24 am,

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[Update: We now have additional Let Me In images.]

The first pic of Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) in the American remake of the Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In – now shortened to Let Me In – is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), Let Me In revolves around a 12-year old boy named Owen, played by Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Road).  An outcast bullied by his peers and ignored by his separated parents, Owen is given to violent fantasies of revenge and spends much of his life alone.  That is, until he befriends Abby (Moretz), a strange girl who appears to be his age but is in reality a much older, blood-thirsty creature of the night.

When the Swedish film Let The Right One In – itself based off the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist – reached theaters in the U.S. back in late 2008, many moviegoers referred to it rightly as the anti-Twilight.  Indeed, the plot of Let Me In is all but identical – save for the character names and the setting – in that it too tells the story of an adolescent developing an affection for an immortal blood-sucker in a much darker, more macabre fashion than the popular Stephanie Meyers’ series.

Therein lies the issue with this early image we have of Moretz as the vampire Abby in Let Me In, which you can see below:

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Does this look like a potentially dangerous creature of the night eternally trapped in the body of an adolescent?  No, it looks like a cute, young girl who looks kind of worried about something.

Now have a look at Eli (Lina Leandersson) from the Swedish film version of Let The Right One In:

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Even without the blood, this girl -with her sunken eyes, unhealthy pale complexion, and gaunt features – is far more convincing as a vampire than Moretz is, based off this early image.

To be fair, the innocence of Moretz’s appearance may actually work for Let Me In.  The emotional impact of seeing a simple little girl suddenly transform into a ravenous monster – which, after Kick-Ass, we know now is a task Moretz can easily pull off – could be rather impressive.  So I’d advise waiting to see the film itself before jumping to any conclusions based off this first pic.

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"Not so cute and cuddly now, am I?"

Is Let Me In facing an uphill battle, considering that Let The Right One In was such a lauded favorite amongst critics and horror-genre fans alike?  I’d still say yes, simply because the look and feel of the Swedish film (the chilling, wintry landscape, the tense atmosphere of unease throughout) was pretty flawlessly executed by director Thomas Alfredson.  So it seems that Matt Reeves will be up against it, even more so than David Fincher with his remake of another hit Swedish film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

However, the filmmakers behind Let Me In have insisted that they are not merely attempting to “re-imagine” the Swedish film.  Whether or not the vampire tale can successfully be told as an American story – particularly one set in the state of New Mexico – remains to be seen.

Let Me In will be out in theaters in the U.S. on October 1, 2010.

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  1. Saw the original and it was a good movie, wasn’t incredibly entertained by it but it was something to watch on a day with not much to do. I bet the “American” version will have more action/death sequences thus be more entertaining but not as realistic or deep as it’s predecessor.

    • I beg to differ regarding Let Me In. The scene where Abby shows her true vampiric visage in and of itself is extremely scary. As for deaths, whether directly inflicted by Abby or her “father” in his search to find her sustainable blood (and I’m wondering why he didn’t just break in to a blood bank or a hospital and steal a six-pack of O-positive, or find some would-be rapists or murderers in a bar), they are on par with the original.
      The scenes where Owen is bullied horrifically by his three tormentors, and subsequently the older brother of the main bully, were not only convincing; they hit home with unbridled passion. I, for one, cheered when (spoiler alert) all the bullies met karma in the form of Owen’s vampire guardian angel, Abby.
      In all, Let Me In was a far more passionate version of Lindquist’s novel than the movie Tomas Alfredsson directed, settings and cultural climate aside.

  2. obviously this wont be as deep as the original but i think it could turn out to be like [rec]/quarantine with an equal number of people liking and hating the re-make. i think it could be pulled off well, matt reeves is directing and cloverfield is my number one cinematic experience of all time (i know some people didn’t like it at all so to each their own), chloe moretz has proven very early in her career that she can handle a tough centric role, and codi smit-mcfee was incredible in The Road when you think about how bleak and disparaging the film was and spending so much time with viggo mortenson he must have learnt a hell of a lot about acting

  3. This is terrible news. Foreign remakes are completely unnecessary. The U.S. audience that doesn’t seek out good films foreign or not should not be pandered to. Wasting money and actors so the mainstream public can watch American actors drinking coke and watching MTV (in the movie)does not enrich any movie’s experience to the audience.

  4. Why does there need to be a remake of every successful foreign film?! I imagine the american version will probably make it so the parents have a bigger role and they can put big name actors into the film. I imagine that the american version of the lead boy will be a lot more innocent (ie. psychopathic tendencies to collect morbid newspaper clippings? GONE) than in the swedish version. I imagine that the violent scenes will be typically blown out of proportion in the american version, taking away from the understated horror of the original.
    Why not go all the way and make it in bloody 3D!!?!

  5. Sorry never saw what made this movie so “special”. I rented it and watched it and went back again via NetflixOD to check it out again.

    What made this so special? Surely it wasn’t the acting, scenery, or flow.

    It seemed like a drawn out semi decent coming of age movie with a twist.

    Maybe the book/story was better.

    The remake should be better. And to compare those two pics of the actresses playing the part is a little unfair dont you think? Totally different scenes. Im sure there are a few parts where Moretz is “scary”. Maybe she just fed and looks and feels refreshed.

    Again please explain in a few sentences how this was such a great movie? “the chilling, wintry landscape, the tense atmosphere of unease throughout” What you mean hanging a guy upside down in a brightly lit park with snow on the ground? A witness to a “murder” under a bridge? Cats attacking? People instentanously bursting into flames in a hospital bed and no one bats an eye?

    And before anyone says im a “foreign film hater” there are nicely done foreign films out there…. this is not one of them.

    • Aknot, even when Abby is starving, she appears human. It’s when she’s ready to feed that her eyes turn glow-stick green, her face goes pale, and her teeth thicken and sharpen to where she can do business, to put it delicately.
      And I agree regarding Let the Right One In. For a 200 year old vampire, Abby/Eli and her handlers are pretty sloppy in their choice of who, where, and when to kill to obtain food in the form of fresh blood. You would figure Lindquist would have had Abby/Eli’s maker mentor her on all that so there would be no traces of her kills, or no police officers would care to follow up on such deaths. Shoot! Even having the prison guards let her in to death row in various prisons for a snack of her choice would be far more justifying than randomly killing an innocent person, even if it is out of need for food.

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