LET ME IN to open This Year’s Fantastic Fest; Will also Play at Toronto International Film Festival

     August 17, 2010


I’ve almost done a complete 180 on Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, which was previously adapted as the terrific Let the Right One In.  After ripping it apart, what I’ve now seen of the film and heard about it has me kind of excited to see it.  For those unfamiliar with the plot, it’s about a bullied young boy who befriends a girl who turns out to be a vampire.  That is the most simplistic one-sentence synopsis I can give.  The story is a lot deeper than that, but I don’t want to give away more than I have to for people who haven’t seen the original Swedish film or read John Ajvide Linqvist’s novel.

Today, comes the news that it will be picking up some festival clout as it’s set to play at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be the opening night film at this year Fantastic Fest.  Hit the jump to read the press release regarding its showing at Fantastic Fest on September 23rd.  The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 9 – 19th and Fantastic Fest runs from September 23 – 30th.  Let Me In opens nationwide on October 1st.

Here’s the press release from Fantastic Fest:

Fantastic Fest is pleased to announce the opening night film will be the U.S. premiere of the highly anticipated Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and starring Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The red carpet event will take place on Thursday, September 23 at The Paramount Theatre with director Matt Reeves and cast members in attendance.

Let Me In is a terrifying tale about an alienated 12-year old (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins).

“We are truly honored that Fantastic Fest has chosen to open their festival with the U.S. premiere of Let Me In. It is incredibly exciting to be able to present the film to an audience who I know are just as passionate about John Ajvide Linqvist’s story as I am,” said director Matt Reeves.

“Fantastic Fest has been following the development of this movie with rabid interest and we couldn’t be more excited to share what Matt Reeves has up his sleeve in adapting this incredible story. We anticipate that this will solidify his place as a visionary genre artist,” said Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League. And more than anything Fantastic Fest is ecstatic to see vampires doing what they do best – horrifying us with their bloodlust. Fantastic Fest is also cooking up a gorgeous Mondo poster for Let Me In from artist Olly Moss.

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