Charles Band is the king of low-budget horror. His production and distribution company, Full Moon Features, has been delivering amazing content since the 1970s and is still going strong today. Supplying fans with beloved titles like Tourist Trap, Castle Freak, Puppet Master, and Subspecies – just to name a few – Full Moon has established itself as a leading player within the realm of genre cinema. Boasting a remarkably extensive catalog, they seem to have a little bit of something for everyone; a flavor to match every possible taste. Given these factors, it is easy to see why they are such a popular choice for B-movie collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. Don’t Let Her In is just one of the latest in a long line of excellent projects to come out of Full Moon’s roster.
Focusing on the story of a couple who decide to take in an eccentric lodger, Don’t Let Her In effectively held my undivided attention with its enticing plot and captivating performances. The director, Ted Nicolaou, is a veteran of his craft, which is made abundantly clear in the overall quality of his work. Much to my delight, this newest tale of sex, lies, and demonic possession is no exception to that trend.
When Amber (Kelly Curran) and Ben (Cole Pendery) first meet Serena (Lorin Doctor), she seems like a dream come true. The perfect tenant, she is successful, considerate, and an artist like them – I mean, what else could a young, hip couple ask for in a roommate? Sure, she’s a little strange, but that’s easy to overlook in light of how wonderful she is otherwise. However, when something seems too good to be true, it’s often because it is. As Serena’s behavior grows increasingly troubling, Amber begins to see behind the curtain and into the malicious darkness that lurks on the other side.
Don’t Let Her In stands as undeniable proof that Full Moon Features hasn’t lost its magic touch. The unique and interesting story is effectively driven home by the characters, who more than make up for the production’s meager budget. Lorin Doctor is mesmerizing as Serena and usurps the screen every single time that she’s present. When adding the film’s neat monster effects into the overall equation, the entire thing makes for a spell-binding viewing experience.
8 out of 10