October is upon us and with it comes a slew of Hollywood horror pictures, including a new, non-sparkling vampire flick, yet another damn Saw movie, a sequel to Paranormal Activity, and even a new Katherine Heigl movie dramedy (*cue humorous rimshot noise*).

Kicking off four weeks of intentionally and unintentionally terrifying movies this weekend are two big releases: Let Me In, which examines the horrors of adolescence through the lens of a vampire tale; and The Social Network, which confronts the horrific truth that socially inept geeks were the masterminds behind the digital powerhouse that is Facebook. Let’s dive in, shall we?

LET ME IN


So the kid from The Road and Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass star in a movie together… wait, we all know this one – the punchline is “My t-shirt says ‘Welcome to Jamaica, have a nice trip,” right?

No, it’s Let Me In, the English-language adaptation of the Swedish vampire novel Let the Right One In, which itself was adapted into a critically-acclaimed Swedish-language film by director Tomas Alfredson back in 2008. Let Me In is a sort-of remake that contains certain plot elements and details that were in author John Ajvide Lindqvist’s original book but were left out of Alfred’s film, which was actually scripted by Lindqvist himself. Everybody got that?

Let the Right One In has often been described as the anti-Twilight in terms of, well, everything. It’s your basic coming-of-age story, with the twist being that one of the characters is an older, bloodsucking demon of the night who is forever trapped in the physical form of a 10-year old girl. Did I mention that this story is more than a bit creepy at times?

THE SOCIAL NETWORK


The [insert adjective of choice here] Facebook movie will be released at last, and, as shocking as this may seem to some of you, it is already being considered a front-runner to win numerous Oscars at the 2011 Academy-Award ceremony. Fortunately, in real life, you can either like or dislike this idea.

Jesse Eisenberg (who is unfairly often referred to as “the other Michael Cera”) stars in the film as Mark Zuckerberg, who created Facebook alongside his (former) pal Eduardo Saverin (played by Andrew Garfield). The story behind the creation of the billion-dollar enterprise is one wrought with betrayal, greed, and the corruptive nature of desire and power – or, at least, it is in the film, which is based off author Ben Mezrich’s bestseller The Accidental Billionaires.

Is The Social Network a film that defines Generation Y, much like The Graduate did for young adults in the 1960s or American Beauty did for suburbanites who lived through the 1990s? We – and by that I mean my evil twin and I – have already heard arguments both in favor and against that line of thinking. The more important question is, how meta will it be when we all post our opinions about the movie on our FB accounts?

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