First Trailer for Vampire Thriller LET ME IN

     July 1, 2010

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Overture has release the first international trailer for Let Me In, the American adaptation of the vampire novel Let the Right One In from Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist.  Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) directed the New Mexico-set thriller, with a cast of Kodi Smi-McPhee (The Road), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

I imagine there is no end to the debate about the necessity of an American version of Let the Right One In, after Tomas Alfredson’s superlative take on the material in 2008.  But I think we’re in best-case scenario territory for a remake here.  Matt Reeves is a competent director, passionate about the material.  They sought out some premier child actors in McPhee and Moretz, who will be bolstered by the immense skills of Jenkins, a fantastic character actor.  I love the choice of New Mexico, and I hope Reeves really explores the geography of the Southwest at night, as suggested by the trailer.

Of course, it’s still up to you to decide the worth of “best-case scenario territory for a remake”.  Clearly, I’ve been wooed.  Let Me In hits theaters October 1, 2010; the trailer comes courtesy of Deadline:

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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.

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