GAH! Why do they do these things? Let The Right One In is a very subdued, quiet, touching and scary Swedish vampire movie, about two pre-teen outsiders who meet and find in each other a sympathetic soul. One is a shy, taciturn boy named Oskar, who is tormented and taunted at school, the other is 12-year old vampire named Eli (she’s “been twelve for a very long time”). They’re soul mates who need each other, for understanding and companionship. I love this movie. It has gotten some attention. David Ansen of Newsweek listed it as his best film of the year.
I went to the IMDB message boards to read other people’s thoughts and saw that a remake is in the works. It’s not listed on IMDB itself, nor is it listed on the pages of the people involved, but the scuttlebutt was that it’ll be produced by J.J. Abrams, and directed by Matt Reeves, who directed Cloverfield. I have nothing against Abrams, and I did like Cloverfield, but why remake an already wonderful movie? Oh right, because it’s in Swedish with English subtitles, and more money will be made by taking the basic story, hacking it up, Americanizing it, making it louder with more action, cutting out or toning way down the more shocking and controversial bits, adding some “hip” music so the soundtrack will sell, and marketing the hell out of it to teenage boys who want to see a hot girl vampire, and teenage girls who will want to be a hot girl vampire to attract the hot young stud they find to play Oscar (of course they’ll change the spelling of his name). They’ll probably make the kids much older and slicker, give them much more dialogue to explain things (very little is explained in the original), and just all-around dumb it down.
Yeah, I know, I should wait to see what happens with it. On the bright side maybe all the people urging “see the original, see the original” will get people to see the original, but still. I wish they’d just leave it alone, and if they like the original so much, help get it a wider distribution so people can actually see it.
It’s still playing at one theater here in Chicago. I’m going to go see it again before it disappears.
I’d link to clips, there are several on YouTube, but I hadn’t seen any scenes at all before I saw the movie (I just went on the basis of hearing vague good things about it) and I was so glad, because the scenes in context had a huge impact. I watched the trailer after coming home and was shocked at how much the trailer gives away! If you like unusual vampire movies, and you haven’t seen this, and you have a chance to see this, GO, DO, without watching any clips in advance.