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Let Me In Director Matt Reeves’s 10 Favorite Movie Kills

Among many other things, Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves knows how to kill off a character, in ways that are alternately (and often simultaneously) horrifying, pathetic, tragic, ironic, and intense. His Cloverfield monster ravaged Manhattanites with almost abstract savagery. And Let Me In (which opens today), a chilling remake of the Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In, is even more gruesome. Specifically, Reeves re-creates and improbably one-ups the most disturbing mass murder of the original film, in which the victim of a group of bullies watches from a pool as his tormentors are slaughtered: This nasty-brilliant mass execution may be dissected and referenced by gore aficionados for years to come. So who better to consult to come up with a list of the ten greatest kills in movie history? We asked Reeves to select his favorite decapitations, stabbings, shootings, and stranglings — and here’s what he came up with, from Dial M for Murder and 2001 to Bonnie & Clyde.

Spoiler alert! “Hitchcock knew how to kill people exceptionally well, and this was actually a scene that inspired a scene in Let Me In. What goes wrong here is the inspiration for a [big] scene with Richard Jenkins. In Dial M for Murder, once you know what’s going to happen — they’re going to kill Grace Kelly! — you watch with heightened suspense as everything goes wrong. And Hitchcock puts you in the position of knowing what’s going to happen, because you know who the killer is. And you’re seeing through his eyes as everything goes wrong. You’re almost rooting for him, and it’s kind of tragic at the end when he dies. And that’s sort of what happens when Richard Jenkins meets the beginning of his end in Let Me In.”
Let Me In Director Matt Reeves’s 10 Favorite Movie Kills