The American remake of hit Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In, inexplicably shortened to Let Me In, was perhaps treated a little unfairly when it was first announced. Most people, myself included, jumped on it as "just another pointless remake" without having seen any footage.
Most of the time, when it comes to remakes, we have reason to be suspicious - but Let Me In is an exception. The first trailer squashed a lot of worries and now Hammer Films has released the film's second trailer - which is equally impressive.
The trailer premiered at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con but has, unsurprisingly, made its way online.
As director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) said during the Let Me In panel a couple of days ago, he respects the original film (even calling it a masterpiece) and that really comes across in the footage we've seen.
Watch the trailer below, courtesy of MTV Movies Blog:
It's definitely possible that the studio is trying to market the remake to as wide an audience as possible, but, despite Reeve's love for the original, Let Me In appears to feature quite a different tone. Things seem more fast-paced and frantic - some might say rushed. Maybe that will be a good thing when we see everything in context but I much prefer the more subtle and slower feel of the original.
However, that doesn't mean the remake won't be creepy - it will certainly contain plenty of tension. The performances by Chloë Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee are impressive - just from a couple of trailers (the relationship between the two characters is absolutely crucial to the story).The film also appears to strike a balance between graphic (read: gory) while still not going overboard.
Hopefully Let Me In will be one of the few films to prove that not all remakes are a bad idea.
Let Me In is scheduled to open in theaters on October 1st, 2010.
Source: MTV Movies Blog