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:


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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  • Anon

    Im sure they will remove all the nice little character moments from the U.S. version, we dont have the attention spans for that now do we!!!

  • loudsss

    wow! im really surprised! this movie will obviously in no way replace the original, but its looking really good. im liking the mood and atmosphere, it transfered over really well. kodi has proven he can act in character moments and im sure hell do the same here. i was a naysayer, but now im genuinely excited!

  • Landfill

    It looks alright but I think the original is still best.

  • Salakos

    If anyone is wondering, the morse code section at the end translates to, “Help Me”

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  • Nicemarkbennett

    This film can fuck off.. sick of this remake bullshit… jesus!!!!!!!!!!1 aaaarrrrrrrrghhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Mr. T

    Come come Nicemarkbennett. Surely you liked the Nightmare on Elm Street remake? It was an instant classic!

    Now THAT should've been called Wes Craven's New Nightmare.

  • Nicemarkbennett

    I dont know who you are MR T, but i bet you wet the bed!

  • Mr. T

    That may be true, but definitely not after watching these trite cinematic efforts :)

  • Genesic

    I dont really see the point aside from making some money from the people that didnt watch the original. I mean it looks like a legit effort, but the scenes in the trailor look EXACTLY the same as the original! I mean the way she climbs the trees..the guy walking (vs woman walking) down the dark tunnel..the POOL scene at the end(!?) The costumes/coloring/cinematography..If your going to remake it at least do a slightly different take. Or film it differently.GRANTED i havent seen the film yet but it looks like it'll be “Let The Right One In”-which was near PERFECT btw but with differnt actors. Like watching a play where all the lead actors got the flu so they used the subs..

  • gedenivantapia

    Morse code message says help me if anyone cares

  • Filmsthething

    how depressing. so much for hoping the remake of brothers was a fluke. even if i give the director the benefit of the doubt of being touched by the original, many people were (that's why it's even being discussed), does reeves really mean to say he, a filmmaker who i would think would recognize a beautiful work in it's totality (including it's origin) is somehow so affected by this film that he must remake it? i'm not buying it.

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  • Corin Prendiville

    IT won't be terrible, but since it is still a remake of a perfectly well done film I can't support it as being something good or worth seeing. Its as if I went back and remade a brand new film with a larger budget. Just because I shined up the screen and put more prominent actors in it in a more prominent country doesn't make it better, it only gives opportunity for it to be worse.

    I think this movie will be a damn near frame-for-frame remake of the Swedish film with some of the more “intolerable” romantic scenes cut down.

    I hope everyone knows this movie is based on a book, and the Swedish film itself did not have every scene from the book in it. The director and writer of this remake is a panzy for not trying to do something unique. I'm not saying it won't be a good film, and it will probably be enjoyable. But if I was Chinese I woudn't go see a frame-by-frame Chinese remake of Iron Man I'd just go watch the original. I guess for those uncultured Americans who can't be bothered to watch films not in their language this will be a mind-bender for them (after having been subjected to Twilight for the last 4 years).

  • Corin Prendiville

    That isn't the scene where the woman is walking up the staircase and gets bit. It is the scene where the drunk friend (who goes missing and is found in the water), gets eaten. They changed the location to a drain tunnel instead of under a bridge because there pretty much is no bridges of that size in New Mexico.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Yeah, seriously. I mean think of all the famous directors who love Taxi. Not one of them is going to dare remake it, they love it for what it is. If he truly cared about the original he would promote it in the United States, and perhaps have a petition for Sweden to send it in for the Oscars like it should've gotten the chance for anyway!

  • loudsss

    loved that last sentence

  • e.

    why do they make these remakes,(money money) the original doesn't need a remake, it's just absurd

  • arnoldo

    Why the hell would anyone remake this film? for money! thats why. The original was bad ass. Leave it alone. They feed you the same shit over and over…like Shrek 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. I lost track of how many there are, and it's all the same dumb shit.

  • Jay Specialfeatures

    If we want to whine and complain –like we all enjoy doing– let's get facts straight first. The first movie was an adaptation of the Swedish novel “Let the Right One In,” also translated as “Let Me In.” Technically this new film is the 2nd adaptation of the book, not a re-make of the first film.

  • Nicole

    pick many nits where you live?

  • JEsus

    yes we all know that and has bugger all to do with what we are talking about….

  • Superseanski

    I was looking through NetFlix the other day and I saw this movie, is it the Swedish version or some straight to video thing.

  • Superseanski

    Sorry for my confusion it's just that the one on NetFlix was called “Let Me In” and not “Let the Right One IN”.

  • Flash-t

    Sorry Jay specialfeatures,

    Have you seen the first film? I ask because that trailer certainly dosen't look like a new interpretation.

    What annoys me is that the trailer clearly looks like a shot for shot REMAKE of “Let the right one in” but is being passed off as an original work.

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  • Stogiemos

    Never seen or heard of the original. Kinda disappointed to learn it’s a remake, would like to see the original move though, it looks like it’s great