Matt Reeves: ‘Let Me In’ Is Not Twilight or True Blood

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Fans (like yours truly) of the Swedish vampire novel-turned-movie, Let The Right One In have been experiencing serious angst ever since it was announced that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves was going to helm an American remake called Let Me In.

That angst relaxed a bit when Reeves tapped two talented young actors – The Road‘s Kodi Smit-McPhee and Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz – to play the central characters of a morose young boy and his vampire neighbor. Also a good sign: Reeves was going to be sticking close to the Swedish version of the film and the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Now we have an even better indicator that Reeves has his head in the right place, as the director recently told MTV that Let Me In will not resemble The Twilight Saga in any way.

Check out the quote from Reeves regarding the inevitable comparisons Twilight and True Blood:

“To me, the thing about genre stories that is the most interesting thing is what you do with the metaphor of the genre…I think that what people respond to in “Twilight” is the fantasy of it…Whereas “Twilight” is kind of a fantasy, this will be a darker, scarier kind of journey. Obviously, “True Blood” is also really big these days too, and that’s a different thing using the sexual side…I think what so struck me about this story is that what it is exploring is so different and so real.”

If you want to read more of Reeves’ breakdown of his approach to Let Me In you can go HERE, or simply listen to a snippet of the interview below!

I agree with what Reeves says about genre stories: It really is all about how you employ the metaphor (in this case, vampirism). However, this is why I still worry: Let The Right One In director Tomas Alfredson utilized what I believe is the best approach for adapting a complex novel: he used less to say more.

Those who read my review of Let The Right One In, you’ll recall that what I was most impressed by was the way in which the scenes were crafted – like a series of short films – in which we were left to infer much of the subtext of the story from the carefully crafted shots and brooding atmosphere Alfredson provided. It’s not exactly a talent many American filmmakers are known for.

Still, so far I can’t really harp on Matt Reeves – and the cast of Let Me In definitely seems able to nail the story. So we’ll see.

Let Me In is slated for release on October 1, 2010.

Source: MTV

TAGS: let me in, let the right one in

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  1. IMO i loved Cloverfeild and and Matt was the guy iwanted for the job on the spidey reboot. Ive seen Let the right one in and maybe it was just me but it was a little slow i think reeves will pick the pace up a little but other then that this movie should be a ride…….

  2. why Americans (i don't know people or producers…or both) want to remake everything who the f they think they r
    they have a gigantic cinema industry!! so what should they pass everything through their filter
    Scorsese was lucky that i never have had watched the original departed otherwise he would became one of the worst
    they don't even have a little pity for themselves they want to re-s*** every great movie that they have made before

    and what the f am i expecting
    DON'T I KNOW THAT THIS IS A COPY OF A COPY OF A COPY

  3. “why HOLLYWOOD (i don't know people or producers…or both) want to remake everything who the f they think they r”

    Correction. After living overseas for awhile, my tolerance of generalizations about Americans based on Hollywood is a wee bit thin.

    Anyway, back on topic.

  4. Why the hell are they remaking this? It was perfect in the original language. Matt Reeves, I love you man, but please don't stoop to this level. You're full of creative juices, use it on something original. Please leave foreign films alone in their beautiful glory.

  5. the scenes wernt slow that was the purpose of it
    the style of the original cannot be matched matt reeves will fail

  6. 1st off I wold think in order to “remake/redo” this all parties involved need to agree to it. So to put the blame on the shoulders of the American “movie making industry” is a weak argument. You want to place the blame, blame the original holders of the material for selling out. (again thats my guess please correct me if I am wrong)

    2ndly I look forward to the remake. As im sure others are that are not on the band wagon that is was this wonderful masterpiece of story telling and cinematic wonder.

    Still have it Netflixed on my Xbox and will watch it again… However my first watch didnt impress me.

  7. Foreign films should generally be left alone. U.S. filmmakers don't do justice to them anyway,different mentality I think.(vivid memories of the BAD remake of My Sassy Girl!). Let the Right One In is a spectacularly different movie and shouldn't be altered in any way.
    IMO as much as Reeves wants to steer clear of the Twilight and True Blood style(I DETEST both); the very fact that he is re-making a foreign VAMPIRE movie is because of these two franchises! Vampires are in (pun intended) and therefore as much as he wants to stay close to the source; either he won't or the movie won't be accepted by the general public. As I see it, the movie should relate well with young boys and girls and since it's going to be R rated they can't watch it!

  8. This movie was already done… and it was done extremely well. Why not just bring it to US market as is. Give credit where credit is due. argh.
    US film makers are terrible! they are really clueless about storytelling. I wonder how much they will spell everything out for the “dumb” US market. I would be a little more excited if i knew someone like Guillermo Del Toro was doing it.

  9. It was brought to the US market…. I rented the DVD and have it Netflixed/VOD. While I enjoy intelligent conversations… What needs to be spelled out for the “dumb” US market?

    Ive pointed out issues with the film that are questionable as making it the “best” Vampire movie… from production values, acting, story (screenplay) line etc…

    While it is not “Twilight”, Blade or Dracula Black and Loving It, it is by no means the best.

    What makes it the best? Why is it different (in substance) then any other Vampire (decent) movie?

    Sorry while it didnt suck.. (pun intended) it is not the best Vampire movie and remaking it will not be the end of the world.

  10. 1st off I wold think in order to “remake/redo” this all parties involved need to agree to it. So to put the blame on the shoulders of the American “movie making industry” is a weak argument. You want to place the blame, blame the original holders of the material for selling out. (again thats my guess please correct me if I am wrong)

    2ndly I look forward to the remake. As im sure others are that are not on the band wagon that is was this wonderful masterpiece of story telling and cinematic wonder.

    Still have it Netflixed on my Xbox and will watch it again… However my first watch didnt impress me.

  11. Foreign films should generally be left alone. U.S. filmmakers don't do justice to them anyway,different mentality I think.(vivid memories of the BAD remake of My Sassy Girl!). Let the Right One In is a spectacularly different movie and shouldn't be altered in any way.
    IMO as much as Reeves wants to steer clear of the Twilight and True Blood style(I DETEST both); the very fact that he is re-making a foreign VAMPIRE movie is because of these two franchises! Vampires are in (pun intended) and therefore as much as he wants to stay close to the source; either he won't or the movie won't be accepted by the general public. As I see it, the movie should relate well with young boys and girls and since it's going to be R rated they can't watch it!

  12. This movie was already done… and it was done extremely well. Why not just bring it to US market as is. Give credit where credit is due. argh.
    US film makers are terrible! they are really clueless about storytelling. I wonder how much they will spell everything out for the “dumb” US market. I would be a little more excited if i knew someone like Guillermo Del Toro was doing it.

  13. It was brought to the US market…. I rented the DVD and have it Netflixed/VOD. While I enjoy intelligent conversations… What needs to be spelled out for the “dumb” US market?

    Ive pointed out issues with the film that are questionable as making it the “best” Vampire movie… from production values, acting, story (screenplay) line etc…

    While it is not “Twilight”, Blade or Dracula Black and Loving It, it is by no means the best.

    What makes it the best? Why is it different (in substance) then any other Vampire (decent) movie?

    Sorry while it didnt suck.. (pun intended) it is not the best Vampire movie and remaking it will not be the end of the world.

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