It’s easy to shy away from a remake, especially when it’s an American remake of a foreign film. Let’s face it; we don’t exactly have the best track record. Add to this the worst release date of 2010, and you have a perfect equation for a box office bomb. Except, this ‘bomb’ was not the subpar flick that isn’t worth your time. More the opposite.
Let Me In is the story of a bullied young boy who finds friendship in the most unlikely place. While it was billed as a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In, it’s more a reinterpretation of the book by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. Said the author, “Let Me In is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful.”
Hailed as both the most overlooked and the best horror film of 2010, Let Me In transcends its genre. With beautiful cinematography and astounding leads in Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz, you may find yourself forgetting that you are watching one of the most brutally violent visuals of the last few years. And that’s the beauty.
The violence, the horror, the mythology, all of the things that have characterized every other vampire film to date are understated. Stephen King is calling it the best American horror film in the last 20 years, and it’s fast becoming the new standard in vampire movies. Far from being a romanticized yearning for eternal life, and not a simple scare-fest like one would expect, Let Me In is a heart wrenching drama that demands multiple viewings. It releases on DVD February 1st.