Check This Out: Let Me In / Let the Right One In Comparisons
The very first trailer for Matt Reeves' Let Me In arrived earlier this week to quite a positive response, which was surprising considering most were ready to dislike it. If you didn't know, Let Me In is a remake of Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In (or technically a re-adaptation of John Lindqvist's novel that was based on) - a fantastic Swedish film that anyone who has seen has fallen in love with. Our friends at UGO put together a comparison piece with examples from both movies showing the same scenes. It's pretty cool to see and I've chosen a few of my favorites, but they have a lot more on their site (and so does io9). See the photos below!
A bullied young boy (Smit-McPhee) befriends a young vampire girl (Moretz) who lives with her guardian.
Let Me In is both written and directed by American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who's feature directorial debut was J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield but prior to that he directed episodes of "Felicity" and various other TV shows. This is a remake of Tomas Alfredson's 2008 film Let the Right One In, or more specifically a re-adaptation of the Swedish novel Låt den rätte komma in written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Overture Films is bringing Let Me In to theaters everywhere starting October 1st this fall. Does it look as good as you were hoping?
Reader Feedback - 29 Comments
Having read the book and watched the original film, this trailer does seem to go? along way in capturing the feel and mood, and I guess moving the premise to 80's America can only serve to attract a broader appeal. Hope it delivers.
PinkSushit on Jul 4, 2010
Let the right one in was just made 2 years ago. I don't understand why American film makers feel the need to redo a movie that was just made. I thought the film was amazing. This movie will probably get more recognition than Let the Right One In and that's kind of sad. Its like Brothers. Not many people knew it was a remake. Most people don't like to read subtitles when they watch a movie so maybe thats why these movies get redone.
Shannon on Jul 4, 2010
I'd seen 'Let the Right one in" A few months ago and just today my sister decided to watch 'Let me In' and within the first five minutes I was like...I've seen this before, and I looked up the two movies in comparison and found this article...then I was kind of bored for most of the film because I knew what would happen. It's strange why they made the remake, it wasn't very original and I don't know if it was just because they were both well based off the book or if the scenes actually looked alike. I think I was more surprised by Let the Right One in because they reveal the fact that she'd a vampire later in the film. Still, they were both really good films and for my families first time with the story they enjoyed it. It's too bad that the remake was made so soon after the original foreign film.
Corinne Elizabeth Salone on Aug 14, 2011
Both of the boys are butt ugly.
Daniel Felts on Jul 4, 2010
good visuals; shit audio.
crumb on Jul 4, 2010
Nice comparison. @Shannon They are making an American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it just came out on DVD/Blu-ray this Tuesday. This is not uncommon. @Daniel Felts Who cares what the children in the film look like.
ProMovieBlogger on Jul 4, 2010
@#5: Daniel Felts is bitterly disappointed because the boys don't arouse him.
Felt Daniels on Jul 4, 2010
I'm not against remakes, but if there were less remakes there would be more original movies; moviegoers need to start supporting original ideas!
Lincoln on Jul 4, 2010
@5 I know this is a common thing. It just seems to be happening more and more.
Shannon on Jul 4, 2010
Thers money to be made with an english audio version. Sure they could put out the original, but you know us Americans, trying to watch the movie and read at the same time gives us sore heads.
Seinfeld on Jul 4, 2010
Well the original swedish one looks waay better it's even out of the question. American remake is done just for money and director's vanity. While the Swedish one creeps me out every time I see it, the American just seems like a regular horror movie, nothing special at all.
lolsaur on Jul 4, 2010
i don't care about this anymore
DoomCanoe on Jul 4, 2010
what's next, a remake of oldboy.......... Oh wait, speilberg almost made a remake of that with will smith........ LOL
jack romtin on Jul 4, 2010
I'm gonna see it, and hate me if you will...but the American photo's look a little better than the original adaptation photo's. I look at this as a different take on the story, the Swedish have their version, this will be ours.
Xerxex on Jul 4, 2010
I'm happy they do this. Now you have twice the fun !!!
Ellelena on Jul 4, 2010
the flip-every-shot school of remakes. wonderful.
carcadero on Jul 4, 2010
I agree with #15....and i like the fact that the remake will have the vampire be a actual girl and not a tranny like the Swed version...that was just weird!!! NUFF SAID
Cornboy on Jul 4, 2010
I think it should be ok, definetly enjoyable, both will have it's own feeling. The original had a very minimal feel to it with contrasts if violence, something the swedes and the colder parts of the world know how to recreate, while the American version will bring something new to the story, and the fantastic cast can only help but achieve that. We should all look on the positives this film will definetly gain slot of attention outside our circles, it may just promote the original film to people who can't stand subtitles and could also allow a kick in the guts for Hollywood when it comes to vampires and realize they no longer need to aim for the lowest common denominater to create a film which makes money. I think we should stay positive and continue to promote thus film and the original. Attempt to spread some culture back into Hollywood.
LP on Jul 4, 2010
@16 you know Eli is not a girl ...moron
none134 on Jul 4, 2010
correction i agree with # 13.......#15's an idiot
Cornboy on Jul 5, 2010
So they've basically taken the original, flipped the shots and orange n' tealed everything.
Lava on Jul 5, 2010
I hope that they haven't diluted Let Me In from the Original film Let the Right One in there is a lot of similarities in the look of Let Me In.
Cineprog on Jul 5, 2010
#18 .. i just said Eli wasnt a girl by saying tranny....you dumb shit
Cornboy on Jul 5, 2010
Ugh, why must they make a watered-down American version of every decent international film that gets released? Between this and "Dinner for Schmucks" coming out, it's like Hollywood just doesn't care anymore.
Ragweed on Jul 5, 2010
Ragweed, accept it and move on. Its a fact that Hollyweird is ran by people who are completely disconnected from the rest of the American population. But I'm for this re-adpatation of the novel...that's what I call it anyways.
Xerxex on Jul 5, 2010
All I am saying is, he says he isn't doing a remake of the swedish one, so somehow this one better have some different scenes that wasn't in the first one, cause right now, it looks like a straight remake.
M on Jul 5, 2010
Cornboy, obviously has not read the book. Eli should not be a girl, if the American version is based more from the book and not the Swedish movie, then they are messing it up. Chloe Moretz should look more androgynous and not quite so girly, but she is a great actress, so I will probably end up watching this. But I doubt I will see it in the theater.
conner666 on Jul 5, 2010
@25 My thoughts exactly! That's the thing that has me scratching my head. If this already looks to be a shot for shot remake, then why make it at all? Oh that's right because American audiences have a problem with subtitles:P One bit of marketing I like so far is the Morse code at the end of the trailer. I wonder if they'll have that cute little "train sequence" in this film.
Marc on Jul 6, 2010
@cornboy's "and i like the fact that the remake will have the vampire be a actual girl and not a tranny like the Swed version…that was just weird!!! NUFF SAID": And you call me an idiot, that's funny. @LP: I think you've got the right idea. It'll likely lack the subtlety of the Swedish film, but hopefully it'll draw people back to the original. I don't know if it'll successfully achieve "vampires don't have to be lowest common denominator [paraphrase]," but because it's predecessor delves into the themes behind the myth, it'll have to as well (at least a little). And that's a lot better than the subtext of other, more recent, popular vampire films.
carcadero on Jul 7, 2010
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