Let the Right One In: The Remakening

The first trailer for the remake of the sublime and understated vampire/outsider/coming-of-age tour de force Let the Right One In (aka: The Anti-Twilight) has officially hit the internets. Let Me In, helmed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves and starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) shifts the story to an American setting, much to the displeasure of the earlier film’s director and many of its fans. It’s hard to tell from this brief teaser (and the distracting, generic rock soundtrack doesn’t help matters), but it certainly appears that Let Me In is trying to be faithful to the original—the question is, did the film need to be remade at all?

On one hand, it’s nice to see some non-campy, non-ridiculous vampire action for a change, and I’ve started awarding involuntary mental bonus points to any movie that doesn’t jab me in the eyes with the spastic truncheon of 3D. On the other hand—did the Swedish version really have to be Americanized to reach a larger audience? I’m curious to see how the change in setting will effect the overall feel of the story, and whether Let Me In will ultimately succeed as a worthy film in its own right, or just coast along on the strengths of the original.

The movie hits theaters October 1st; check out the trailer below and decide for yourselves…

Bridget McGovern claims that the one thing about living in Santa Carla she never could stomach was all the damn vampires.


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