Update: Let Me In trailer arrives - Two new trailers
I'm writing this introduction as I wait for the entire trailer of the American remake of Let The Right One In (Filmstalker review), Let Me In, to cache before I press play. There's a hopeful anticipation because we've already seen a quick cut teaser and it looked like it had a great style to it and one that was pretty faithful to the original.
However I'm also worried that the remake will modernise everything and lose the great feel of the first film. At the same time I realise I have to let go. They are doing a remake, but there's a source novel before the film, so a remake yes, but also a western adaptation of the original novel. So now it's loaded, let's press play and see what happens.
For those of you who don't know the film it tells the story of a young boy who doesn't mix well at school, is living with his mother after his parents divorced, and is very unhappy. Then a new neighbour arrives, a girl of his age, and they befriend each other. Before long though the murders in and around the town are raising suspicions, not only with the police, but with the boy as well. Something isn't as it seems about his new friend and her father.
Let's leap straight into the trailer which comes from MTV:
Let's look at the good points of the Let Me In trailer, of which there are many. It looks a great trailer, there seems to be a lot more concentration on the fear of the boy - he doesn't seem to take things as easily as the boy in the original film does, great cast, stylish moments and some shared scenes, as well as the horror and scare factor being ramped up quite a bit. It all does look really promising.
Another good aspect is the casting, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas all look just right in their various roles compared to the original, and they look like they could deliver the right level of creepiness for the film, which itself delivers through the trailer.
Bad points? Well there seems to be the usual problem of having to explain much more than non-American films, and that's even clear in the trailer, and I wonder if this might spoil the story a little because everything will be explained, and by the girl to the boy.
However, from that trailer Let Me In does look a very strong film. What do you think? Is it going to be too Hollywood-ised or has Cloverfield (Filmstalker review) Matt Reeves managed to do a good job, trailer wise at least?
Update: Let Me In trailer re-edit
There's a new trailer for Let Me In that popped up today, right after the original arrived. This is supposedly red band i.e. R-Rated in America but there's really not that much more to it.
There's a hand, an bag filled with blood, and various shots with some blood on things from walls to arms. Watch out, it'll corrupt you.