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The first image of Chloe Moretz in Matt Reeves' Let Me In has arrived online, courtesy of an Entertainment Weekly early preview that's apparently only available in the print edition (hence the scan). Moretz, who was last seen as the somewhat controversial, foul-mouthed, ass-kicking vigilante in Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass, trades in her mask, guns and purple wig for a much softer, vulnerable-yet-dangerous look in Let Me In, which is a remake of the supremely excellent Swedish flick, Let the Right One In (which itself was based on a book by John Ajvide Lindqvist). Those who saw that film will immediately recognize what's happening in this image, and while she's not running up walls and jump-kicking bad guys, those blood trails right under her lip prove Moretz definitely gets her freak on during the film.

Our own Peter Hall sat down with Matt Reeves to talk about the film back at SXSW, where he made comparisons between Chloe Moretz and Linda Blair in The Excorcist: "When I was working on Chloe I kept saying, it's not about playing a vampire, it's about taking her and making her real and to deal with those darker sides of ourselves, the primal nature. When you think of the Exorcist you think of Linda Blair and pea soup and all this madness, but really if you look at the first half of that film, the stuff between her and Ellen Burstyn is so naturalistic and so real. She's incredible in it! People think "oh, it's the Exorcist and she's just doing crazy," but she's so terrific in it and so believable as this young, 13-year old girl. That was really what I meant in the approach of trying to get into that tone. To take this story as if it were utterly real, and if it's real, that would be horrifying."

Let Me In hits theaters on October 1st.

An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens's age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby's father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen's efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she's hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.
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