Guy falls for the new girl next door only to discover that she is a vampire. Just like Twilight right? WRONG! This is so creepy with a very clever plot and brilliant young actors. Though some vampire clichés are kept (sunlight kills them, they need to be invited in to enter a home - hence the title, they need blood to live) new ground is covered in this original twist on a vampiric love story.
I say original but of course this is the American remake so that's not technically true!
Like Battle Royale, it's the young stars who steal the show because they act with such subtlety and childlike innocence and simplicity. Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen and Chloe Moretz as Abby are intoxicating in their transitions from cute and adorable into just plain terrifying and seeing Owen suffer at the hands of the brutal school bullies is horrifying as his fall from innocence. Abby is not the moral vampire we have seen in so many books and films of late thanks to the Twilight effect but her fondness for Owen is done so sweetly, you cannot doubt its sincerety. This polar opposite makes for fascinating viewing and the ending is clever and surprising.
3 out of 5 FOBLES - an adorable and unlikely blood bath of a love story