Film Review: Let the Wrong One In


Deco getting a bit lairy

Dublin in drenched in history. The largest city in Ireland is full of beautiful architecture and echoes of a lively and fascinating past. Dating back to the Gaels or Vikings, depending on who you ask, today it’s a thriving European capital and a popular tourist hotspot. A fact which has brought its own problems, including rocketing house/rental prices, a culture of binge drinking, gentrification, overcrowding and high levels of noise pollution. Let the Wrong One In throws vampires into the mix.

Matt (Karl Rice) is a soft-hearted supermarket employee who is loved by his ma (Hilda Fay) and taken advantage of by his unruly brother. Deco (Eoin Duffy) is a waste of space. Kicked out of the house due to his alcohol and drug addictions, incapable of holding down a job or remaining faithful. One day he wakes up after a bender with a particularly nasty case of the vampires. Matt must decide whether to help his delinquent sibling or allow a vampire hunter (Anthony Head) put a stake in him.

Let the Wrong One In is a charming and amusing Irish comedy which sadly loses much of its bite as Deco’s struggle progresses. Conor McMahon’s film starts out promisingly enough, with some intelligent writing and clever jokes. Unfortunately, it gets lost somewhere along the way and rather peters out after the ideas dry up. Feeling more of a stretched out short than a full-bodied feature. That being said, I’m sure many horror aficionados will get a lot from Let the Wrong One In.

Let the Wrong One In is out in US cinemas and on Digital now.

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