Either way, in horror the rule that "English remakes
usually don't work" doesn't apply, and there's no better example of
that than Let Me In.
This remake of the Swedish horror film Let The Right One In
shifts the location to America - Los Alamos in a snow covered winter to
be exact - but otherwise sticks super close to the original's creepy
yet touching story.
It follows a lonely, bullied twelve year old (Australia's own Kodi Smit-McPhee, from The Road) who befriends a mysterious young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz from Kick Ass) who turns out to have been twelve years old for a very long time.
original was one of the best vampire movies to come along in years,
creepy on all manner of levels and often shockingly horrifying without
ever providing any easy moral certainties.
And yet, against
a chilly backdrop of neglect and despair it was also a powerfully
touching tale of first love - which only made things all the more
horrific as the path that love led down became clear.
This remake keeps all the virtues of Let The Right One,
makes them even more pointed, and then adds two amazing performances
from the underage cast to really put it over the top.
Let Me In is
the best vampire film of the year; it's almost certainly the best
horror movie of the year; it's easily one of the best love stories of
It'll break your heart and send it racing, and if that's not enough for you - you're already dead!
DVD Special Features
While, critically, Let Me In
did much better business than people thought it would - when it cam to
box office receipts, the film suffered. The remake cost $20M to
produce, but delivered a very poor $12M return in the USA and even ever
worse $13.1M return worldwide. Not even DVD sales saved this one...
the less, there are some extras that might convince you to fork your
cash out for it (after all, box office reciepts don't always reflect
quality). Extras include a Cast and crew interview, a Director's audio
commentary as well as a Making of featurette.
I hope they release an original / remake double pack sometime soon too.
Conclusion - Movie: 50% Extras: 50%