When his brother comes back home unannounced suffering from a mystery illness, it is soon made clear that vampires roam the town and Matt must do something about it.
Written and directed by Conor McMahon, this horror comedy takes vampires, drops them in the middle of Ireland, and lets a regular schmo be the one to handle them when the visiting vampire killer is not quite up to the task. The writing here is solid and so is the directing, making this a fantastic comedy with definite aspects of a parody. The filmmaker knows the sub-genre he’s playing in and knows how to play fast and loose with some of its usual rules to bring to the story its own spirit while also bringing plenty humor to the screen. The film is very much Irish in humor and in the banter between the characters, adding to the charm by having things be not-so-usual. The story itself is entertaining and the characters are fun to spend time with. The film advances at a fast pace and really brings a bunch of new ideas with its twists and turns.
Playing the lead of Matt is Karl Rice who is the perfect leading man for this story, taking his character from bumbling to somewhat confident by the end of the film, giving him an arc that is satisfying to watch. Playing his vampire brother Deco is Eoin Duffy who is really funny as a vampire who both wants and doesn’t want to vamp. In the role of the Van Helsing archetype is Anthony Head who works this part just right. The rest of the cast is unafraid to go for it when it comes to the humor, may it be serious, juvenile, or gross. The performances here are funny and bring to mind many other horror-comedies with talented folx involved.
The special effects here, done under special effects supervisor Brendan Byrne, are great. There is blood everywhere in this movie, literally every-freaking-where. It’s so bloody, it seems to be trying to become the record-breaking use of fake blood in an Irish film. This is something that is used in a fun manner throughout the film, creating messes everywhere and often. It basically is part of the joke, especially in how the blood just gushes when someone is bit or biting. These special effects and the above-mentioned performances are framed by cinematography by Michael Lavelle. The images here are giving the lighting and the framing to fully show the vampire carnage as well as anything that may be funny on screen. The film knows what it wants to show and isn’t afraid of showing it.
Let the Wrong One In is a fangtastically funny horror-comedy very deeply set in its country of origin in terms of style, humor, writing, and performances. It’s not afraid of the red stuff and even makes it a large part of the action and comedy. This is the kind of film that will put a smile on your face on any dreary day.