Remake Of The Swedish Gem
'Let Me In' Vampire Film

Remakes have become increasingly common, just look at the massive J horror franchise of 'The Ring' and it's ilk. But whereas Western adaptations of Asian films cause little more than a raised eyebrow, when Hollywood steps in to tackle a European modern classic just a couple of years after the films release? Well, that's a different story entirely. That the original film has topped polls of favourites lists the world over, then a backlash is only to be expected, but my, what a backlash.

'Let The Right One In', the Swedish horror film based on the successful novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (who also wrote the screenplay) was a massive critical and commercial success. From the moment of release there was a buzz surrounding it that cannot be bought, a fevered chorus of 'have you seen it yet?' that only comes along once in a very long while.

Both films tell the story of a lonely bullied boy who befriends a strange and distant girl who has recently moved into his neighbourhood. We don't have to wait long to realise that she's a vampire, some 200 years old. But rather than deal in shocks and gratuitous bloodletting, the genius and beauty of the original was it's subtlety and the non sensational way it dealt with the subject matter. It was as much a film about blossoming teenage romance and friendship as it was about vampirism. Consequently it became many critics and moviegoers film of the year (mine included).

It's a special thing, a 'horror' movie that has heart and soul, pathos and beauty; a rare achievement indeed. So now we have an American 'remake' from Matt Reeves, who directed the atmospheric but ultimately flawed monster picture 'Cloverfield'. To his credit, the cast look like they will deliver the goods. We have the star ascending that is Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass), Kodi Smit McPhee (The Road) and the always excellent Richard Jenkins in the guardian role (Hakan, in the original).

Had I never seen the original I would have thought this trailer looked pretty decent, despite the awful music (which I hope is replaced in the feature). So opinion shall be withheld over whether its any good, or indeed if a remake was even necessary until it screens. Reeves has the good grace to realise that he's up against it. However, at the very least he's a massive fan of the source material and has been quoted as saying.

"I can understand because of people's love of the [original] film that there's this cynicism that I'll come in and trash it, when in fact I have nothing but respect for the film. I'm so drawn to it for personal and not mercenary reasons ... I hope people give us a chance."

'Let Me In' is due for release late in the year.


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