The 2008 Swedish-made vampire film Let the Right One In was a nearly universal success, even taking in some significant art-house bucks in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that a U.S. remake is arriving on Oct. 1.
Entitled Let Me In (the actual title of the original novel on which the films are based), it stars Chloe Moretz (last seen as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass and, lest we forget, voice of Darby on Disney’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh) as pre-teen vampire Abby (well, her actual age is the subject of some conjecture; after all, a key line in the Swedish flick was “I’ve been twelve for a long time”).
The plot is about Abby’s growing friendship with a much-bullied boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, the boy in The Road and no relation to Nanny Smit-McPhee); in the original film, at least, the story had some interesting things to say about the difficulties of coming to terms with adolescence. Well, that and killing people ‘n’ stuff.
The only other recognizable face in the new film is Richard Jenkins, who may forever be known as “the ghost dad on Six Feet Under.” It’s directed by Matt Reeves, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on your opinion of his previous big-screen effort, Cloverfield.