In The Babadook, we get Amelia
(Essie Davis), a put-upon single mother struggling to overcome the
trauma of losing her husband while raising an emotionally challenged son
named Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who fears the monster lurking under his
bed and on the pages of a new book in his bedtime collection.
Matt Reeves' remake of Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson's atmospheric vampire thriller — both of which are based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel 'Let the Right One In' — is not as restrained or as poetic as its predecessor, but Let Me In's nuanced take on the genre generates unexpected empathy for its central duo in near equal measure.