During a 'behind the scenes' featurette, included amongst the extras on this release, the director Kelly Smith cites Hammer psychological thrillers such as 'Taste Of Fear' as an inspiration for making this film. The problem is that most of those films were masterclasses in including twists and red herrings to enhance the finished article. 'Don't Let Him In', on the other hand is a bit of a mess, albeit an entertaining one. A shame really, as 'Don't Let Him' has an excellent performance from Sam Hazeldine as a mysterious traveller, surely deserving of a better film. It also has some effective individual scares bookending more mundane sequences. One scene in particular irritates. A comedy copper meets our protagonists and proceeds to tell of prolific serial killer The Tree Surgeon. This comes complete with flashback to an art teacher discovering body parts hanging from a tree, all the while being sketched by one of her seemingly oblivious students. Nothing wrong with the scene itself, but it hints that the film is intended as a parody, and the subsequent straight horror seems incongruous after that. The two possible serial killers, one motivated by the love of money, the other by more earthly pleasures, are the two most interesting characters. The rest are a strictly one dimensional bunch so it makes it hard for this viewer at least to engage with them. Apart from the performance from Hazeldine there is little of much note in the film, but I have to say that I found it quite enjoyable despite all the hoary old cliches and ridiculous twists. At another point in the aforementioned 'behind the scenes' featurette, Smith tells us that 'Don't Let Me In' started life as one of three short stories in a proposed anthology horror that never got off the ground. A shame really as this film would have made an excellent twenty minute feature. 3 out of 5 for the whole package anyway.
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