What the cult hit “Shaun Of The Dead” does to zombies, “Let The Wrong One In” does to vampires: the horror comedy combines chaotic loser charm with sharp leeches gags. Now new in the home theater.
Disoriented, friendly losers stumble upon gory developments that otherwise horror movies are made of: with this recipe, “Shaun Of The Dead” became one of the most popular zombie comedies in movie history. And it was only a matter of time before filmmakers started creating their own Shaun Of The Dead for another horror genre.
That’s exactly what happened with “Let The Wrong One In” – and even though the Irish horror satire isn’t as brilliantly constructed as Edgar Wright’s cult hit: The leech fun scores with a lot Charm, caustic humor and refreshing silliness make it a real insider’s tip, especially for horror fans looking for new fodder for a fun movie night. “Let The Wrong One In” is finally available for home theater this week:
“Let the wrong one in” at Amazon *
“Let The Wrong One In” is also available as a VOD on Prime Video.
“Let the wrong one in”: Brothers, Beer and Blood
Gullible, friendly supermarket worker Matt (Karl Rice) is just too good for this world. When he learns that his older brother, troublemaker Deco (Eoin Duffy), has turned into a vampire, Matt must make difficult decisions: Should Matt risk his own life and the rest of Dublin’s life to help his brother? Or should Matt bet him before giving in to his vampiric desires?
It could be Dublin and not London. Yet at the beginning of “Let The Wrong One In” memories of “Shaun Of The Dead” surface: Matt is not a brutal copy of Shaun, but he is also a young man who still has his feet on the ground . ground and with charisma and wit covers his weaknesses.
Instead of ending up in a zombie apocalypse, Matt is dragged into a vampire fight by his stray brother who is not doing well. Thereupon, fearing the consequences, Matt’s nature continually collides with the sheer height of a leech tale, just as the dynamic brother, drenched in Irish charm (and ale), stumbles upon the smug feast and mockery of vampire horror clichés.
That alone is very entertaining, not least thanks to the well-rehearsed relationship between the protagonists Rice and Duffy. But director/writer Conor McMahon is not resting on his laurels: With ironic effects, grotesquely macabre peaks of violence including liters of fake blood and surprisingly vivid horror action he continues to spin “Let The Wrong One In” in new directions.
Particularly memorable are Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head as a strange mentor to budding vampire slayers, and a laconic satire of Blade’s House Of Pain series. At least that quenches some bloodlust as we wait for the MCU reboot of the sunlit icon.
This unofficial sequel to a sci-fi horror milestone has been a long awaited release – now it returns to home theaters uncut!
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