Trailer: ‘Let Me In’
Hollywood Remake of Swedish Vampire Film
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Hollywood keeps remaking foreign films and no matter how much fans complain it continues to happen. The latest is "Let Me In" (opening October 1), a remake of the adolescent vampire tale from Sweden, "Let the Right One In." Based on this new trailer, dare I allow myself to hope it could be good?
As the sparkling vampire teen bodice ripper "Eclipse" tops the box office, I am looking anywhere for bloodsucking relief. With "Let Me In" I'm wondering if maybe I have found it. Now let me say that the original film "Let the Right One In" was brilliant and in no way in need of a remake. But Hollywood couldn't resist taking a popular art house film and remaking it so audiences afraid of subtitles could enjoy it. I have to admit I was worried about the remake, especially since the director chosen was Matt Reeves, who had previously done "Cloverfield." But the new trailer for "Let Me In" looked far better than I had anticipated so now I am wondering if I can dare hope the Hollywood remake will deliver something that doesn't suck. I will allow myself to hope. But on the down side, the trailer for "Let Me In" reveals a film that looks merely imitative of the original and doesn't seem to bring anything new or fresh. So the result may just be a translation of "Let the Right One In" into English, which seems a lame motivation for a remake.
So... as a lover of vampire films, I will seek out "Let Me In." But my guess is that people should seek out the original "Let the Right One In" to see a fresh take on bloodsucking lore.