In 2008 Let the Right One In, a Swedish film about a boy’s friendship with a young girl vampire, was released to critical acclaim and resonated internationally on a greater level than any other Swedish film of the decade. Likely inspired by the current popularity of vampire-based media such as Twilight and True Blood, an American remake similarly titled Let Me In was commissioned by Overture Films. The film now has an official release date of October 1, 2010. Let Me In is directed by Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves, and stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, and Richard Jenkins. For a look at the film’s potential and a full plot synopsis, hit the jump.
I was a bit surprised to see that the film is scheduled for a wide release, if only because the rather subdued tone of the original seemed more suited for arthouse cinemas. I am curious to see how the nuanced emotional themes of Let the Right One In will translate relative to the broader approach of American horror films. I am encouraged by the cast, as Jenkins is always great and it’s easy to cheer for Moretz after her turn in (500) Days of Summer and her foul mouthed charm in the recently released red-band Kick-Ass trailer. Reeves made a solid film with Cloverfield, but with Let Me In, he really has a chance to prove himself. It’s an intriguing story that, if handled with care, could be a nice treat this autumn.
Let Me In is slated to hit theaters on October 1, 2010. 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.