Chloe Moretz plays a vampires audiences should let in
A&E is moving forward with a TV version of Swedish vampire film and novel “Let the Right One In.”
I figure it an appropriate time to look back at the 2010 American remake by director Matt Reaves, “Let Me In,” which starred Hit-Girl herself, Chloe Grace Moretz.
Back in 2010, Sexy reluctant heartthrobs (“Twilight”) and gun-toting Deathdealers (“Underworld”) ruled Hollywood’s current vampire movie cycle.
Unfortunately, audiences were missing another aspect of the genre, the vampires who are actually not only scary, but in a movie with an engaging plot and pitch perfect acting.
“Let Me In” opened October 1st, 201 to horrible box office. The film premiered at number eight on a weekend when only two other movies opened. This in October when horror movies should be an easy sell.
I understand that audiences may have stayed away from the film because it is yet another remake churned out by an unoriginal Hollywood. Remakes such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “The Grudge” series were inferior to their originals in every way, paving the way for audience disappointment in other remakes.
Fear not, vampire lovers. “Let Me In” received very positive reviews. Having seen the remake and the Swedish original I vouch for those reviews.
“Let Me In” isn’t simply a retread of the original film. Director Matt Reeves (who would go on to direct the impressive “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) brings an American sensibility to the material that matches and surpasses that of the original.
Reeves transforms one of the novel’s characters from a simple townsperson into a detective. What in the novel and the original film is a man stumbling through the vampire’s apartment now becomes an urgent search, making for heightened suspense.
In the same scene, the original film has main character Oskar very quickly shutting the door on a horrific element to the scene. In Reeves’s version, the victim reaches to Oskar (now Owen) for help.
Owen appears to reach to help the victim – only to grab the nearby door handle and close the door instead.
Much more suspenseful.
To this add Chloe Moretz’s performance as the young female vampire, Abby. She conveys innocence and violence with a twitch of her eyes. That’s impressive for an actress not old enough to see the original R-rated film.
“Let Me In” deserves the praise it has received. It also deserves better box office respect. I don’t expect the film to reach the tween masses who swoon for Teams Edward or Jacob, but those claiming to be devoted fans of the vampire genre – and horror films in general — should see the film in droves.
Otherwise, unoriginal Hollywood will feed us a steady diet of “Twilight,” “Underworld” and “Tru Blood” knock-offs instead of searching for a touch of originality in their bloodsuckers.
To learn more about the TV version, check out the article from Collider.
Here’s the trailer for “Let Me In.”