Let Me In: Evil is Good… Sometimes

Let Me In is one helluva vampire movie – minus the body glitters and the smooching. Directed by Matt Reeves, the film debuted in Philippine cinemas this week and is definitely a treat for fans who have been yearning for a bloodsucker story done right, with all the darkness, horror and gore that only the REAL spawns of Count Vlad can bring. The film is a remake of Let the Right One In, a hit 2008 Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson which in turn is based on a novel of the same title written by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Let The Right One In

Set in 1983, Let Me In tells the story of a 12-year old boy named Owen growing up in a small town in New Mexico. Bullied in school and coming to grips with his parents’ impending divorce, Owen is the archetypal scrawny boy who’s disturbed and got no friends. Kodi Smit-McPhee, who earlier gained prominence as Viggo Mortensen’s son in The Road, plays the role.

Let Me In Poster

Things would change for our boy when he befriends a 12-year old—more or less—girl who has just moved in the apartment complex where Owen lives with his mom. The girl’s name is Abby and she’s accompanied by a limping middle-aged man (played by Richard Jenkins) who goes on a killing spree every night to get the blood for his charge to drink. Abby is portrayed by Chloë Moretz, who’s more popularly known for playing Hit Girl in Kick-Ass.

At first glance, you’d think that Let Me In is just another one of those flicks where a mortal gets help from a seemingly monstrous being who can stop a skidding van with one bare hand. Well, no. For me, the film’s theme is about friendship at its purest, most innocent level and how it can inspire one to take control of his life. In the movie, Abby tells Owen to defend himself from the bullies, to hit harder if need be and that she will help him if necessary.

Let Me In has received rave reviews and is well on its way to becoming a classic. If you loved the Swedish version, you’d be delighted to know that Matt Reeves’ version stuck to the original for the most part. Even the scenes have that gloomy, haunting feel commonly seen in art films and rightly so. For fanboys and girls who have the time this weekend, you definitely can’t go wrong with Let Me In.

Have fun and let me know what you think. By the way, the tapping that Abby did while inside the trunk on the train is a Morse code for k-i-s-s.

The Walking Dead (TV Series) Premieres in Asia on November 5th

We’ve all heard how The Walking Dead (TV series) invaded the US when it premiered last October 31. The 90-minute pilot episode overswarmed 5.3 million viewers on Halloween night, which is definitely a record for AMC Network, the cable channel that airs the series in the US. Frank Darabont is at the helm as series writer and director.

For many fans of the reanimated corpse genre, this highly-acclaimed AMC series is a sign that zombies are breaking out and finally catching up with bloodsuckers and werewolves in making their presence felt in mainstream media and also in sinking their teeth into our wallets.

The Walking Dead Compendium One

As early as now, the entire series is getting rave reviews primarily due to the realistic cinematic effects that puts viewers right in the middle of zombieland—minus the smell of course. But let’s not forget that The Walking Dead started out in comic book format from Image Comics, created by Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore and later on by Charlie Adlard. In 2010, it won the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series.

The epic mythos of the comics series stems from the in-depth storytelling and the well-(and often slowly)-developed characters that just about anyone who’s still living and breathing can relate to. Comic book readers saw how apocalyptic events can change one’s personality. The story revolves around former police officer Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln in the television series), his family and other fellow survivors who all have to fight and be on their toes everyday just to survive. For me, the story is all about the essential facts of life that most of us in the here and now have taken for granted or forgotten altogether.

The good news is that at 11:00 pm on November 5th (that’s tonight), our anticipation for this comic-to-television series reaches its climax as The Walking Dead (TV series) premieres in Asia on Fox. Indeed, now is a good time not only for comic book fans, but also for the dead… just don’t put glitters all over your body.

Weekly Comic Book Review (Nov. 4): Batman Confidential #50, Iron Man Thor #1, IZombie #7 and More

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This week, Batman Confidential hits issue #50. Iron Man and Thor are set for a team-up. plus, IZombie and Marvel Comics mini-series on the Wizard of Oz start a new arc. Here are my top comic book picks for the week.

Batman Confidential #50

A fellow fan asked me why I’m adding this issue in my weekly comic book review list. Well, first of all, this is an anniversary issue of a long-running Batman comic series. Here, we see a young Bruce Wayne right on the tail of a serial killer in an obscure village in China, where he will eventually find an adversary that once fought the Justice League. The main story also brings readers back to that scene in Identity Crisis where the Dark Knight was mindwiped.

Batman Confidential #50

Secondly, it features a bonus Silver Age material where readers can see Batman and the Justice League facing off with an alien vampire who sucks moisture, rather than blood from victims. I love classic comics and the co-feature really made my day.

Iron Man Thor #1

Iron Man Thor #1

In this issue, we find Thor and his fellow Asgardians cleaning up the ruins of their home city in the aftermath of Siege. Iron Man and, along with other mortals, were also there to help the citizens of Asgard. All of a sudden, Commander Rogers— formerly known as Captain America—called on Iron Man to investigate an incident in Russia, which turned out to be a trap set by Crimson Dynamo. However, the most interesting part of the issue becomes apparent when Ulik of the Trolls appears right in the middle of Asgard and challenges the God of Thunder.

So far, the opening round for the storyline scripted by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is very impressive. An Iron Man-Thor team up versus two of the oldest villains in Marvel Comics is definitely something to look forward to. Plus, pencil work by Scott Eaton is simply fantastic.

Ozma of Oz #1

Ozma of Oz #1

This is the third Marvel Comics mini-series based on the classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy Gale—the lead character in the classic novel—is back. But this time, she’s not using tornado-express to get to Oz (like in the classic version), rather her trip back is set off by an ill-fated ocean voyage. While hopelessly stuck at sea, Dorothy befriends Bill, a talking hen, and their adventures are just about to start.

Just like in the first two series, comic book readers can expect Ozma of Oz to be replete with sharp and witty dialogue. Apart from the enjoyable storyline, the striking art by Skottie Young is also a treat.

IZombie #7

iZombie #7

This is the starting issue for the Vampires Suck story arc. Life for our beloved characters Gwen, Ellie, and Spot seemed to have dwindled down to normal. Gwen is busy digging holes with her cemetery buddies, Ellie is taking some pointers from Amon, and Spot is shopping around in a comic book shop. But things get complicated when the brain that Gwen munched on belonged to someone who knew her in the past. Plus, the two monster hunters find themselves in a big mess this time. Cover and interior art by Michael Allred is marvelous as usual.

Namor First Mutant #3

Namor First Mutant #3

Atlantis is under siege by ocean-dwelling vampires. As ruler, Namor has but one chance to drive their foes away. But there’s a catch—the powerful spell that will be used against the bloodsuckers requires blood of an Atlantean king to be sacrificed if it were to work. Accompanied by elite guards of Atlantis, Namor leads an attack into the hidden vampire lair, where the spell must be casted. But something that lurks in the darkest regions of the deep has been waiting for the raiding party. The big surprise could be a big blow to the young Atlantean ruler, not only in terms of their battle plan, but maybe more so for Namor’s personal resolve.