Hollywood has a knack for screwing up adaptations of other works. Â
This practice always makes me a little uneasy, particularly when the originals happen to be some of my favorite movies. Â In this case that movie, a Swedish take on the vampire genre called â€œLet the Right One In,â€ pulled off vampiric subtlety to an art form. Â
Its American counterpart â€œLet Me Inâ€ is seen through the eyes of a young boy named Owen who gets picked on at school. Â He has thoughts of revenge but does not dare speak his mind to anyone, until a bizarre girl named Abby moves in next door to him. Â
Owen discovers over time that she never comes out during the day, she is neither cold nor hot and she never eats anything.Â Until a bloody incident makes things clear to Owen, he develops a little crush for Abby.
Although the premise may seem a little â€œTwilighty,â€ it is anything but.Â â€œLet Me Inâ€ and especially â€œLet the Right One Inâ€ are revelations in the vampire genre, flaunting their remarkable intelligence and emotional tenderness. Â
The American remake â€œLet Me Inâ€ follows the same story as its predecessor, but differs slightly in execution. Â Naturally, it features more typical Hollywood-type scares and violence, ultimately shading further into the horror genre than I would have liked. Â
But this is a rare case where both the original film and the remake are both good in their own right as movies that need to be experienced.
Although not as picturesque as its Swedish counterpart, â€œLet Me Inâ€ is able to stand on its own as a really good entry in the vampire genre. Â Â Â Â
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.