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‘Don’t Let Her In’ review: Moody horror is a gory reminder of what the genre can be

Amber is the color of your energy.

Don’t Let Her In will remind longtime horror fans of the 1980s. It would not be entirely correct to call it a throwback, but the setting was a popular one during that decade. Ben (Cole Pendery) and Amber (Kelly Curran) rent out a room in their loft to an artist named Serena (Lorin Doctor). The couple soon discover Serena is much more than they bargained for.

Released in two parts, the story would fit perfectly into an anthology. The plot is fairly simple and the characters are not given much in the way of development. Don’t Let Her In is more concerned with creating a mood. This is one of the rare cases when working with stock characters is effective. Ben and Amber could use the extra income as seen by how readily they take  Serena in. For her part, Serena is mysterious with a hint of danger. Don’t Let Her In uses the three as a jump off point for a fun little horror story.

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The film makes great use of practical effects. There is some impressive gore and some neat transformation scenes. It is in these moments that Don’t Let Her In is at its best. Horror fans will thoroughly enjoy the movie. Don’t Let Her In serves as an excellent reminder that horror does not have to include comedic elements to be fun. The right story and effects can provide scares and uneasy laughs. Sometimes, people forget that is what the genre is all about.

On second thought, maybe it is a throwback.

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