‘Let Me In’ trailer is a shocker — the film actually looks good

July 02, 2010 | 2:44 p.m.
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

Photo: Matt Reeves. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

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3 Responses to ‘Let Me In’ trailer is a shocker — the film actually looks good

  1. Jim Breen says:

    A driving rock soundtrack, series of blackouts throughout and cutting on action in a trailer do not make a greeat film. They just make for an interesting trailer. To be honest, the trailer is very conventional for the genre that it is trying to sell.
    As for the film, it looks like they are following the original pretty closely. If they do that but just do it in English, then the film has potential. In my opinion, it is insulting that, in an age where access to foreign films like LTROI is actually incredibly easy, the original film wasn't just given a wider re-release with this same level of P & A that a median level studio film might be given. Instead, we chose to remake a masterful film that is less than three years old? In the end, the film can't truly stand on it's own as it is just an English language re-hash with a larger budget, American setting and familiar faces. The only surprise in this kind of situation will be that the film is actually competent and not on the screen itself. Personally, I'm tired of being assaulted by material that I already know which is just being repackaged and sold back to me again in a slightly different form.

  2. Vincent says:

    This is really lame. The first film was so good and now they are "inspired" to remake it. There is no way, even if they did it shot for shot that they'll get the nuances of the first and no audience member will realize it. I hope the true talent behind this film was paid enough and can make another great film in his own country cause Hollywood is a black hole of creativity. So sad.

  3. Gina Guillotine says:

    I'm afraid I agree with Jim Breen.
    I love, love, love the original (and the book), and can't for the life of me understand why a brilliant film needs to be dumbed down for American audiences. I'm sorry, but that's how I feel—-it's being made in English so lazy Americans won't have to read subtitles. Let's face it, we aren't known for our great love of foreign films! hahaha
    This trailer looks great. It looks like and MTV video, though, rather than a movie trailer, and I will see this new movie, however, it will be on DVD instead of the theater because I fear the actual film will disappoint. Mr. Reeves had to expect such a reaction from fans of the original film. He's probably not so worried about us, though, and is hoping many Americans have never heard of the original (and I'm sure most of us haven't), and will treat it like a brand new horror film.
    People who haven't seen the original may really love this rehashed one.
    All that said—-I hope I'm dead wrong. I hope this film delivers!

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