#9: LET ME IN
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas
Complex co-sign: Let Me In, a stateside remake of 2007’s beloved Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In, is the rare Hollywood redo that’s superior to its foreign predecessor. Too bad hardly anyone paid to see it. For once, kid actors don’t suck, thanks to emotionally raw turns from Smit-McPhee as a bullied loner and Moretz as a pint-sized bloodsucker. And, coming off 2008’s gimmicky, but still well-done, hit Cloverfield, writer-director Matt Reeves is a revelation, crafting a chilling knockout that transcends basic horror. Realizing that this year’s piss-poor Nightmare on Elm Street remake made five times more cash than Let Me In is enough to turn any horror connoisseur into Norman Bates.