Had one more from the Halloween season to round out our horror theme…
An interesting approach to the vampire movie, told from the perspective of 12 year olds, this is definitely one to see…
A young boy is the main character – he’s bullied at school, ignored by his parents in some ways, and has some serious self-esteem and anger issues. He’s a loner until his new neighbor, a female vampire moves in next door. They meet, their lives intertwine and the film plays out from there.
I know I’m being a bit vague but I’d rather not spoil it. About 2/3rds in, you’ll see where things are going, but it won’t matter because it’s more about how they get there that makes this scary, interesting, and even at times, fun to watch. The awkwardness of them as 12 year olds has this unusual charm to it.
The acting is really something to pay strong attention to, at least in terms of studying the craft because all of the actors in here are a nice fit in their roles. The cast is mostly high school-ish age and really pull out some great performances. The 2 leads, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen and Chloe Grace Moretz as Abby are exceptional. Great starts to their careers. The cast includes some veteran talent in here too that includes Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas (both are great).
Matt Reeves is the writer/director on this and created a compelling, scary, intense storyline and presentation. It’s also a nice demonstration of his range considering he was a writer on the Felicity TV series as well (73 episodes).
Watch this one with a significant other, you’ll end up close.
reviewed by Sean McKnight