Let Me In, opening in theaters today, has the dubious distinction of being a remake of one of the most fan-appreciated vampire movies in recent memory, the elegant and horrific Let the Right One In. But skeptics be damned because reviews for the Matt Reeves-directed movie about a bullied boy who suspects his only friend is a vampire have been stellar. If you are planning on seeing Let Me In, we recommend an evening with its European cousin (now streaming on Netflix). It'll be like chasing your Budweiser with an Akvavit — the name may be unfamiliar on your tongue, but both go down smooth and boast a result that's twice as potent.
more about Let the Right One In >> Posted 10.01.10 by reelz
At last month's San Diego Comic-Con, the cast of Let Me In — a US remake of 2008 Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In — conducted a panel discussion on how this new version of the story differs to the foreign original.
Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Richard Jenkins (Dear John), and director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) all weighed in with their thoughts on the movie, which like the original is an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestselling novel. see what all four had to say >> Posted 08.07.10 by reelz
After finding success with Cloverfield, director Matt Reeves is directing a remake of the critically acclaimed Swedish vampire movie, Let the Right One In. Reeves, who's a fan of the original, wanted to expose the story to a larger audience with his version, Let Me In. "It's a very Scandinavian film," Reeves told MTV. He believes that the reason some Americans didn't care for the original is because "the relationships in Let the Right One In likely feel foreign and maybe keep you from identifying as much with those characters."
That doesn't mean that Reeves plans to wildly differ from the Swedish original, even though the movie is set in the U.S. It still takes place in the 1980s, in an apartment building where a lonely 12-year-old (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends the girl who moves in next door (Chloe Moretz) and just happens to be a vampire. Reeves says that the time period is a critical thematic element in the remake. How Reagan will affect a vampire movie >> Posted 07.28.10 by Ryan
While the recent news from this year's San Diego Comic-Con has concentrated mostly on comic book movies, director Matt Reeves and his suburban vampire tale Let Me In also made an appearance at the convention. Based on the Swedish movie, Let the Right One In, Let Me In takes childhood loneliness and mixes it with the undead and setting the story in America. Kodi Smit-McPhee plays Owen, a lonely and bullied boy who befriends the young girl who has moved in next door (Chloe Moretz), and who also happens to be a vampire.
During the Let Me In panel, Moretz admitted she still hasn't watched all of the Swedish original. "My mom won't let me watch the whole film," said the young actress. Moretz was allowed to watch several clips from the movie as they were shown during the panel, however, and while those haven't made it online yet, a bloody new poster and a new domestic trailer have. another bloody trailer >> Posted 07.28.10 by Ryan
Finally, a new trailer for the vampire movie that horror fans are talking about: Let Me In, the American remake of Let the Right One In. Like its Swedish predecessor, Let Me In tells the story of a lonely, young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who befriends a girl next door (Chloe Moretz) who happens to be a vampire.
Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) directs the movie, and has described it as "darker, scarier" vampire movie compared to other, (ahem) contemporary movies about vampires. Watch the new footage in the international trailer below. Posted 07.01.10 by Ryan
Chloe Moretz already has a pretty long list of acting credits to her name for a girl of just 13, but it's her controversial role as the hack-and-slash pre-teen with the mouth of a sailor, Hit Girl, in Matthew Vaughn's upcoming Kick-Ass that has really put her on the map. She currently has several other movies in various stages of production, but the project that's starting to generate the kind of buzz she has been receiving for Kick-Ass is her turn as a blood-sucking vampire in Matt Reeves' Let Me In. Moretz made an appearance at the recent WonderCon comic book convention in support of Kick-Ass, but also briefly discussed Let Me In, saying that it was "really cool" to portray the vampire Abby. see what she liked most >> Posted 04.07.10 by BrentJS
Matt Reeves, the director of Cloverfield and Let Me In, the upcoming remake of Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In, knows he's in trouble. Reeves admitted to VH1 that directing the remake of a critically-acclaimed movie has put a "real bull's-eye" on his version, though he claims that it will please everyone who loved the original
[F]or me, what was important was to have reverence for the original while at the same time trying to find the way to make it our own. That has been what this process is about, to really want to mine the foundations of that story. It's very much an Americanization of the tale that John Ajvide Lindqvist tells. It reminded me so much of my own childhood in certain ways. It's so much about that period of preadolescence, that feeling of being a child and of being bullied, the difficulties of growing up. It's such a beautiful coming-of-age story, in addition to being such a terrific genre story. One of the things I really wanted to do was find my own way into the story while still being very, very reverent to the beautiful film and to the wonderfulstory that they created. And so the story in many ways follows the same trajectory.
Reeves realizes that the movie will draw comparisons to Twilight, but he isn't concerned, as Let Me In is a different kind of vampire movie.
To me, the thing about genre stories that is the most interesting thing is what you do with the metaphor of the genre. You can do a grand, sweeping love story, like Twilight, and use that metaphor of the two people that are just being torn apart and the aching-ness of it, and that's a great fantasy. Whereas Twilight is kind of a fantasy, this will be a darker, scarier kind of journey.
The movie will also benefit from its cast, which includes Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass). Reeves is extremely pleased with his two young stars.
Chloe is just remarkable. The thing that we always talk about is trying to find the way to not have her... she is a vampire in the story, so what does that mean? How do you play a vampire? The idea is to have her not play a vampire at all but have her play the reality of her life and the difficulty of her life, and that's the way these two lonely souls connect. The two of them are just a joy to work with.
After Let Me In, Reeves hopes to work on an Invisible Woman project, while admitting that a Cloverfield sequel "continues to percolate." Posted 01.20.10 by Ryan
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has just wrapped filming on director Jon Favreau's second installment of Iron Man, in which she plays Tony Stark's top assistant and love interest Pepper Potts. Now she's preparing to star opposite Nicole Kidman in Tomas Alfredson's follow-up to Let the Right One In,The Danish Girl.
An adaptation of the David Ebershoff book of the same name, The Danish Girl is based on the true story of the relationship between the world's first post-operative transsexual, Einar Wegener, and his artist wife, Greta. When Greta asked her husband to stand in for one of her models one day, the experience led the two of them down the road to transformation that changed both of their lives forever.
The script is by Lucinda Coxon and producers include Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Per Saari and Kidman, who replaced Charlize Theron in the title role. Posted 11.08.09 by BrentJS
Let Me In, the American remake of the Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In, starts production today, transporting the coming-of-age tale from the cold and blustery Stockholm, Sweden to the dry and hot Albuquerque, New Mexico. Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is returning to the source material for Let the Right One In, the Swedish novel of the same name by author John Ajvide Lindqvist, to help inspire the story about a young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee from The Road) who befriends a mysterious new girl in town (Chloe Moretz from the upcoming Kick-Ass), who happens to be a vampire.
With Richard Jenkins already cast as Moretz's caretaker, the new cast additions announced are Elias Koteas as the policeman, Cara Buono (The Sopranos) as Smit McPhee's mother, and Sasha Barrese (The Hangover) as Virginia, the character who survives a vampire attack in the Swedish original.
Reeves intends to pay homage to the Swedish version in Let Me In, but wants to take the story in his own direction. "This project is very personal to Matt as it is to the many passionate fans of the original story," said producer Simon Oakes. "The brilliance of that story deserves to be seen by audiences on a wide scale and we are excited that the pieces are in place to make that a reality."
When foreign horror movies do well critically, they're often remade in America, but time will tell if Let Me In will work as well as The Ring, or become a debacle like Quarantine, which couldn't do justice to the Spanish zombie movie [Rec] it was based on.
Shooting on Let Me In will start in Albuquerque and travel to various parts of New Mexico. With a projected end for the shoot sometime in January, we expect to see its original release date of January 15, 2010 pushed back. Posted 11.03.09 by Ryan
Halloween is the time of year when horror movies are dusted off, rented from a video store, or placed in the queue for some late-night, pitch-dark viewing. But there are scary movies and then there are scary movies.
Check out 13 Actually Scary Movies for the top choices if you're looking for a true fright this season. Posted 10.20.09 by reelz