Monday, March 2, 2009

Let the Right One In Remake

For some reason here in America we have a hard time watching foreign films. Is it the subtitles? Is it the quality of the films? Do American producers instead of promoting someone else's amazing work, just want to remake it so they take home all of the proceeds? Is it a combination of all three? Needless to say, that nearly every outstanding foreign film gets remade for American audiences with the result never being comparable to the original. The newest foreign film to recieve a remake is Let the Right One In or the swedish title, Låt den Rätte Komma In and I couldn't be more furious!

Let the Right One In is a perfect film in every way. It was one of the best films from last year whether foreign or domestic. Director Tomas Alfredson presents one of the best vampire films to date, furthermore Let the Right One In is a poignant and thought provoking love story that never disappoints. It is compelling and absolutely enthralling from open to close. (Read my review) The 2008 film has no reason to be re-made. Instead the film should be seen as is, heavily promoted and with the right campaign it would easily pull off a decent gross.

Director, Tomas Alfredson isn't to excited about his work being remade so quickly either. He said last year at his films premerie, "Remakes should be made of movies that aren’t very good, that gives you the chance to fix whatever has gone wrong. I’m very proud of my movie and think it’s great, but the Americans might be of an other opinion. The saddest thing for me would be to see that beautiful story made into something mainstream." That exactly what we will get, a mainstream piece o' shit!

Regardless of my and others strong opinions, "Let the Right One In" will begin lensing in May for a 2010 release. Matt Reeves, director of Cloverfield, has been hired to film the remake for Hammer and Overture Films. It gets worse, Reeves will be directing the remake from his own script. All but solidifying, that the remake is going to be a waste of time.

The original film follows a fragile and bullied pre-teen boy who makes friends with a unusual girl that has just moved into his apartment complex. As a friendship develops between the two, the boy soon comes to realize that the intriguing girl may be something far darker than he ever realized. Coinciding with the arrival of the girl and her guardian, murders and a disappearance in the town gives rise to suspicion surrounding the new tenants.

The original Let the Right One In releases on dvd and bluray next week on March 10th. I highly recommend you rent or purchase a copy of this film, you will not regret it.

What say you? Have you seen Let the Right One In? Do you watch foreign films or avoid them like the plague? Strikeback....


That sucks...the original was so damn good.