Among the filmmakers I’ve interviewed over the past couple of years, there’s one movie they mention again and again and again: “Let the Right One In.“ The 2008 Swedish film directed by Tomas Alfredson that is both startling and somehow stately in its wintry tale of vampire appetite and the sweet yearnings of human heart. Personally, I’d put the film on the same level as “Pan’s Labyrinth“ for being truly distinctive and haunting.
So, as you might imagine, I groaned when I heard it was being remade in English. Why instantly remake a film that is so wonderful on its own? My assumption was that it would be a lesser and more conventional product and, worst of all, it would distract new audiences from the truly singular cinematic achievements of the original.
Here’s the new trailer for the bigger-budget American production:
My assumptions are all still in place, but the trailer for the English adaptation does look pretty good and I’m certainly rooting for director Matt Reeves to deliver a great film. But I have to say that watching the trailer for the new movie just make me want to watch Alfredson version again. Here’s a trailer for the 2008 movie:
— Geoff Boucher
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