Original: Let the Right One In (2008)
Director: Matt Reeves
Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, Dylan Minnette, Ritchie Coster, Jimmy Pinchak, Cara Buono
Let the Right One In, from Swedish director Tomas Alfredson, became gospel for horror heads in 2008, wowing critics of all kinds on its way to becoming that rare genre movie that transcends its category and earns universal acclaim. Which is to say that initial word about its inevitable Hollywood remake, with the shortened title Let Me In, caused an outpouring of all-out pessimism.
So imagine the stunned faces of Let the Right One In fanatics when Matt Reeves’ Americanized remake turned out to be a singular vampire picture. And, in some ways, superior to its antecedent.
While it’s fair to debate over which is the better film, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Let Me In’s pair of adolescent leads, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz, are vast improvements over the Swedish film’s colder, at times detached youths. Or maybe that’s just our opinion.