Tomas Alfredson’s excellent Let the Right One In is the kind of film that you really don’t want to see get remade. The original was such a pitch perfect genre film that remaking it feels kind of presumptuous. Unfortunately, the Swedish vampire film became such an international phenomenon that it was only a matter of time before the Hollywood remake brigade got their paws on the property. Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is helming the American adaptation of the story, titled Let Me In. The film stars two very talented child actors, Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, 500 Days of Summer) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) as the two leads.
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All things considered, Let Me In looks pretty interesting; Reeves seems to be sticking close to the tone of source material, which is a very good thing. Moretz and Smit-McPhee are very capable young actors, add to that the presence of the criminally underrated Elias Koteas and you’ve got a great cast. My only fear is that much of the overtly supernatural stuff, which was alluded to, or happened off screen in the original, will be made really obvious and take place on screen in the Hollywood adaptation.
Let Me In is set for release October 1, 2010.