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Overture Films has released the international trailer for Let Me In, the U.S. remake that’s had fans of Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 vampire romance/thriller Let the Right One In wringing their hands since the rights were sold two years ago.
But you know what? It actually looks … pretty good. Director Matt Reeves (Felicity, Cloverfield) seems to have captured the look and tone of the original, perhaps to the point of homage, right down to the ever-present snow. And the children, played by Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee, look like Eli and Oskar — or Abby and Owen, as they’re now called — should look, rather than the Disney tweens many had earlier envisioned.
I’m not sure that there needs to be an American version of Let the Right One In, considering that the Swedish film is readily available dubbed and subtitled. (Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2004 novel, but I’m a lot less devoted to Alfredson’s adaptation.) However, if one had to be made, it looks like we could do far worse than Let Me In.
Here’s the official synopsis:
An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).
Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.
When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.
The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.
Let Me In opens on Oct. 1.