‘Let Me In’ Gets Official Release Date & Synopsis

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As those of you who are sick of seeing news of great foreign language films getting remade will probably be aware of, the brilliant Swedish vampire romance Let The Right One In is in the process of being remade for English speaking audiences (they say it’s a new adaptation of the original book of the same name, but it’s essentially a remake just the same).

This time they’re shortening the title to Let Me In, either because they need to go as far as simplifying the title or it’s easier to fit on the posters (probably both). We get word now via /Film that Overture Films has announced a release date for Let Me In: October 1st, 2010. Also, the studio has revealed the official (and quite lengthy) synopsis for the film that we have below if you’re especially interested.

(Warning: Having seen the original Let The Right One In – and taking it that the remake follows the story exactly – the following synopsis could be considered to have SPOILERS, but only mild ones)

An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves.

Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby, an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father. A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

Is it just me or does some of that just sound like a apt review of the original Let The Right One In? Case in point – “A haunting and provocative thriller,” and, “an astonishing coming-of-age story.” The film is still currently filming in New Mexico and yet they’re already singing its praises…

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It’s been said by me and many others since this remake was announced: there’s just no need for it to exist. I wrote an article a while ago on Screen Rant about why people shouldn’t avoid subtitled movies and when they do, less and less remakes like this will get made because the originals will get the recognition and success they deserve.

Having said that, I’ve really liked the casting for the movie, particularly the great Richard Jenkins playing the little girl’s father. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is an odd but interesting choice to direct and this has me curious as to how he’ll handle the material. But honestly, I just wish people would seek out the original, including you if you’re someone who’s been avoiding it up until now – I promise you won’t regret it one iota.

Let Me In stars Kodi-Smit McPhee (The Road), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Elias Koteas, Cara Bruono and Sasha Barrese. As stated, it’s now set to hit theaters on October 1st this year.

Source: /Film

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  1. There was nothing bad I could say about “Let the Right One In.” It’s one of the few “perfect” movies I’ve seen. I’m so incredibly disappointed by this remake. The fact that the original was in Swedish only enhanced the movie.

    I read an article here that “they” remade “Death at a Funeral.” That movie was in English! Maybe if actors took a stand and said, “This movie was already done and done well the first time around. We don’t need to do it again.” But then that wouldn’t make them much money would it?

  2. I’m a huge fan of “Let The Right One In”. As to this “remake ruining the beauty of the first, it won’t. I have no plans to watch this film. It’s another attempt for a production company to make a buck without having to try. I challenge anyone associated with “let me in” to give me one good reason the need for this. When “Brotherhood of The Wolf” was released, instead of remaking a great film, it was shown in American theaters for a short time, and was AMAZING! Prior to that, the only foriegn movies shown in American theaters were Jet Li or Jackie Chan style movies because they were a huge draw & couldn’t be “americanized”. Could you see Ben Affleck play Jet Li’s character “Hero”? LOL

  3. I hope “Let me in” flops horribly and creators end up on the street, hungry and cold.

  4. Well I tend to disagree. The original was not (IMO) all that good. The acting was subpar, the setting and portrayal of the town was ludicrous, and there just seem to be to much attention spent on filming nothing. Original story? Vampire has a keeper, keeper dies, Vampire is attracted to food source.

    What it is is people making the hooplah over the film and it then being remade because the first one was so bad and of low production it needed to be remade.

    I tried to like it. I did. However it just didnt make any sense. The basic story did but the characters and the way they acted…

    I cant wait till this is remade. maybe it will be more “believeable” and better over all.

  5. No surprise here. They did the same with ‘Ju-on’ when they made ‘The Grudge’ remake with Buffy.

    Well I tend to disagree with Aknot..’Let The Right One In’ was way cool…and different. I loved the inferred fate of the boy and his connection with the older man who was her ‘father’.

    (I’m tired of Vampire films anyway. Bring on ‘The Wolfman’!)

  6. “I loved the inferred fate of the boy and his connection with the older man who was her ‘father’.”

    Could you expand on this please. I had an idea/direction I thought they were going in however it didn’t seem that apparent… to me.

  7. I am not looking forward to this remake and doubt I will see it in the theater. With all the vampire craze I can only imagine that the pace and tenor of the original will be sliced and bloated like processed American cheese. Remakes are like cheese versus kraft singles. I can wait to see this story Cloverized! I’m sure there will be twice as much action, clear slow motion gore and enough character exposition to make any thinking on the audiences part unnecessary.

    Afterall Kraft melts better than cheese.

  8. Father? They’re making the old man her father? What’s the point of that?

  9. I’m really pissed they are making this movie but at least it sounds like a decent movie. They aren’t making it crappy. I really like Cloe Moretz, she’s such an amazing, and funny child actress. Also the kid who plays Owen (Oskar’s role) is excellent as well. I haven’t seen the movie for over a year but it’s one of my favorite movies on how bone-chilling cold it is and how lyrically beautiful it is.

  10. I have seen both the dubbed version and the subtitled one, and definitely preferred the latter. The dialog in the dubbed version sometimes seemed very awkward (not sure if they were using the same dialog sued in the subtitles or not – didn;t seem like) it.

    I liked the movie real well; it’s a slower paced movie, and has pretty naturalistic performances – maybe that’s why @Aknot didn’t enjoy it so much (not that you HAD to enjoy it, of course).

  11. @Skippy,

    “and has pretty naturalistic performances”

    Cat man not calling the police? A woman going “poof” in a hospital bed? A hanging body in plain site? Guy breaking into the kids house?

    I know I didnt have to enjoy it.. I wanted to. I had the story. It seems like a great story. It is nothing ground breaking but if told by the right people and in the right way it would (IMO) have been great.

    As it was it seemed like a low production, drawn out story. I can take low production with a well done story and even a crap story with high production.

    I just see it being done “better” then what it was done.

    And it is not because it is foreign/dubbed/subtitled. Except for one glaring issue I had Time Crimes was a great movie.

    I just dont see the hooplah and the need NOT to see it remade better.

  12. “Cat man not calling the police?”
    Tha man was obviously not very sociable, in an unhealthy way, he had barely out of his house in 2 or 3 years.

    “A hanging body in plain site?”
    Well, it wasn’t New York, the place wasn’t so crowded. Eli’s partner didn’t have a car, and I don’t think a man his age would carry a body on his shoulders all the way to his house, and then back to hide it, specially since the effect of what he used to put him to sleep didn’t seem to last too long.

    “Guy breaking into the kids house?”
    Not sure if you’re talking about his motivation or the fact that he was able to get in, but they’re both very reasonable once you get into the world of the movie.

  13. @mycroft

    If I have been providing a food source I would not hang it upside down in a “park” clearly lit. Granted he traveled a bit to get it (subway/bus?) so Im sure he could have found a seedier less conspicuous place.

    You do not have to leave your house to call/contact the police. Also didnt he leave? Just to go to the bar/inn/tavern to tell his friends? Then after “blood” was found why not call/contact the police?

    The friend of “lunch under the bridge”. Broke into the apartment where the girl was staying…. why? Just over cardboarded windows? Did he somehow put together something was there? What was he expecting to find?

    I was in the world of the movie… I understand the plot/story. It was just the execution ;) of said story/plot that I found lacking which more or less messed it up for me.

    1. Man and girl travel place to place wearing out their welcome due to her diet.
    2. Man instead of getting caught sacrifices himself and disfigures himself so he can not be identified tracing him back to the girl.
    3. Girl being a loner all her life “connects” with a boy who has been a loner all of his life.
    4. The girl needs to now feed on her own.

    This is about where I get fuzzy…. She leaves but then comes back to help him with his problem. Do they continue on together? Does she stay? I was looking for the he now becomes what the original man was. Her feeder. They then travel off together. However he is a little to young for that…. so what happens?

    I may rent it again… I mean I do appreciate others opinions and views I just dont see this being as great as everyone says it is.

  14. I haven’t seen the “original,” though I did read the plot on imdb…
    I can’t imagine the remake being very much like the original.
    I didn’t see any mention of “Hammer Films” here.. I like Hammer movies :-)
    I think the problem with “foreign films” is that U.S. audiences can be very closed minded (I’m not talking about the people who are hanging out on this site…) They want everything to fit their ideas of social norms.
    Americans don’t have the same experiences to “get it” with a lot of foreign films. Different countries have different mythos’ that guide their actions.
    ..Also, the plot synopsis I read inferred that the little girl (the vampire) was really a castrated boy (not a female at all…) which makes it a little difficult for american audiences to swallow as a “really sweet love story”…

  15. @Nancy,

    “I can’t imagine the remake being very much like the original.”
    Why not?

    “Americans don’t have the same experiences to “get it” with a lot of foreign films.”
    What is the “get it” for this movie? A different lifestyle, views, etc is a dont get it…. bullies, odd people out and vampires… whats not to get?

    “Also, the plot synopsis I read inferred that the little girl (the vampire) was really a castrated boy (not a female at all…) which makes it a little difficult for american audiences to swallow as a “really sweet love story”…”
    Holy cow where did you read that? Was that in the movie? I have it Netflix VOD queued.

    I dont think it was meant to be a love story… I thought it was more of two young “outcasts” finding each other and relating as such.

    See maybe I dont know what the heck im talking about.. :D

  16. Wacky…


    As Eli dresses, Oskar peeks in the door and notices that Eli has a horizontal scar across her public area and no evidence of a vaginal slit. [NOTE: In the novel, Eli was born male and castrated at age 12 by the vampire that turned him.] When Oskar’s mom comes home, Eli immediately scampers across the window from Oskar’s apartment to hers, even though it’s two stories up.


    I just never paid much attention to the scene as I figured if she was “that” old there may have been a need to uh.. um… sew up that area.