Friday, October 8, 2010

Bald Mountain Night 8: Let Me In

Each day in October, intrepid blogger Alex Boivin will watch a horror movie. These movies are all new to him and are part of his month-long effort to fill in his gaps in the horror canon. If he doesn't die from fright, you just might get to read about about his exploits in cinema during the Halloween season.

For those of you who have been with the blog for a while now, you may remember that I reviewed a little Swedish vampire movie called Let The Right One In. Well, last week LTROI was remade for American audiences as Let Me In so I very well had to see it, right?

I'm not going to bother typing up a new synopsis, since the story is exactly the same. Check out last year's entry for a plot description.

This film is almost indistinguishable from the original; in fact, the question may be raised, why remake Let The Right One In in the first place? The obvious answer is that it's the only way that American audiences can be made to fill up the seats for a movie like this. There's no way in Hell that a moody subtitled Swedish vampire movie could be mass released in the States, so you remake it with a hot director (the guy who did Cloverfield) and set it loose on Joe Popcorn.

Apparently, the people behind Let Me In had plans to set the film in Littleton, Colorado, and with its theme of bullying, one could see the direct line to the Columbine school shootings. However, since the finale (SPOILERS) ends with the bullies being brutally murdered by their victim's vampire girlfriend, it was easy to see why the film ends up being set in snow-covered New Mexico.

While the movie may have no real reason for existing, the end result was surprisingly good. Kodi Smitt-McPhee (The Boy from The Road) as the boy, Owen and Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl of Kick-Ass fame, the overly sassy and wise little sister from 500 Days of Summer, et cetera) as Abby the vampire girl both deliver amazing performances; they're truly the best two child actors of this generation. Character veterans Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas also give great supporting turns as Abby's assistant and a police detective, respectively.

I don't think anything was gained or lost in the remake procedure, the film even looks the same. That being said, Let Me In is a worthy successor to the original, even if it is redundant.

But was it scary? I will admit to being scared a few times, but since they were recreated verbatim from the original I saw them coming from a mile away.

Final Verdict: 66 Congos