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TIFF ’10: Matt Reeves’ bloodsucking “Let Me In”

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: We continue to preview anticipated titles screening at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in our “Road to Toronto” feature.

The fest kicks off on Sept. 9, and HollywoodNews.com will be on the ground bringing you reviews, interviews, and a clearer glimpse at the ever-shifting Oscar race.

So far, we’ve discussed “I’m Still Here” and “Black Swan.” Today, it’s a remake of Tomas Alfredson’s killer vampire flick from the director of “Cloverfield” and the star of “Kick-Ass.”

Let Me In

The Plot: A shy boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends a young girl in his apartment complex (Chloe Moretz) and eventually learns her deadly secret.

The Director: Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”)

The Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Cara Buono

The Scoop: Reeves has his work cut out for him. The tremendous original, titled “Let the Right One In,” has a relatively strong cult audience. And it only came out in 2008, meaning it’s still very fresh in people’s mind, so comparisons – both positive and negative – will be easy to make.

That being said, if Reeves can duplicate the mood of the first film, he has a chance to introduce a tender and terrifying story to a larger, American audience who don’t like reading subtitles.

Awards Potential: Right now, it seems the two young stars have the best chance to win Oscar’s favor. Both have been good in previous films (“The Road” for Smit-McPhee and “Kick-Ass” for Moretz), and their “Let Me In” parts require serious emotional depth if the film’s going to work. Don’t discount Jenkins, who is terrific in just about everything, though he may want to throw his weight behind his “Eat, Pray, Love” role once the Oscar race starts heating up.

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