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John Ajvide Lindqvist's celebrated vampire novel makes the leap to the big screen once again with the second feature adaptation in so many years (Tomas Alfredson's critically acclaimed 2008 hit Tomas Alfredson, being the first). The sensitive target of vicious bullying at school, 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a social misfit from a broken home. By day Owen dreams about laying waste to his classroom tormentors; by night his attentions turn to his reclusive neighbors in their austere apartment complex. One evening, as Owen takes out his pent-up aggressions on a tree, his new neighbor Abby (Chloë Grace Moretz) appears over his shoulder. A young girl wise beyond her years, Abby just moved in next door to Owen with her stoic caretaker (Richard Jenkins), who seems to harbor a sinister secret. Compelled by Abby's apparent imperviousness to the harsh winter elements, her frail disposition, and the fact that she's nowhere to be found before the sun falls, Owen senses a kindred soul, and strikes up a friendship with the girl, despite her repeated attempts to maintain an emotional distance. Simultaneously, their community grows vigilant following a series of vicious murders, and Abby's caretaker vanishes without a trace. Later, as Abby begins to grow vulnerable, her bond with Owen strengthens. By the time Owen begins to suspect that his evasive new friend is something other than human, it starts to seem as if Abby could use a good friend after all. Given that his bullies are growing more emboldened by the day, so too could Owen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 1, 2010


Awarded by
Austin Film Critics Chloë Grace Moretz Breakthrough Artist 2010 Nominee


Chloë Grace Moretz
as Abby
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Owen
Richard Jenkins
as The Father
Elias Koteas
as The Policeman
Cara Buono
as Owen's Mother
Sasha Barrese
as Virginia
Dylan Kenin
as Larry
Chris Browning
as Jack
Ritchie Coster
as Mr. Zoric
Dylan Minnette
as Kenny
Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak
as Mark
Rebekah Wiggins
as Nurse
Seth Adkins
as High School Kid
Ashton Moio
as Lanky Kid
Brett Delbuono
as Kenny's Brother
Rowbie Orsatti
as Scottie Tate
Brenda Wehle
as Principal
Galen Hutchison
as Football Player #1
Frank Bond
as Train Conductor
Tobin Espeset
as Paramedic #1
Ben Bode
as Paramedic #2
Juliet Lopez
as Paramedic #3


Matt Reeves
Tobin Armbrust
John Nordling
Carl Molinder
Guy East
Donna Gigliotti
John Ajvide Lindqvist
Book Author
Matt Reeves
Greig Fraser
Liz Gallacher
Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Giacchino
Composer (Music Score)
Stan Salfas
Ford Wheeler
Production Designer
Guy Barnes
Art Director
Vicki Dee Rock
Fredrik Malmberg
Executive Producer
John Ptak
Executive Producer
Philip Elway
Executive Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Executive Producer
Wendy Barnes
Set Decorator
Melissa Bruning
Costume Designer
Jo Edna Boldin
Ed White
Sound Mixer
Avy Kaufman
Bart Mixon
Makeup Special Effects
Erin Ferguson
Visual Effects Producer
John Robotham
Stunts Coordinator
Sean Faden
Visual Effects Supervisor
Rosario Provenza
Assistant Art Director
Leeba Zakharov
Casting Associate
Paul Apelgren
Music Editor
Ryan Roundy
Special Effects Foreman
Tarra Day
Department Head Makeup
Marie Kohl
Casting Associate
John Ajvide Lindqvist
From Screenplay by
Werner Hahnlein
Special Effects Coordinator
Brad Parker
Visual Effects Supervisor