Flicking excitedly through this year’s London Film Festival programme, cinema-goers might have understandably winced at the sight of Let Me In. Not only is this yet another vampire movie but it’s an American remake of Let The Right One In, the much-loved Swedish film recently voted the 8th best horror movie of all time. Surely no good could come of this.
Wince not, however, for writer-director Matt Reeves has done a fine job with Let Me In, transposing this dark coming-of-age tale from icy Stockholm to equally icy New Mexico. Fans of the Swedish original might be alarmed at the horror-by-numbers opening scene, but it’s not long before the film settles into its cool, unhurried groove. Visually, Reeves’s film is a murkier, uglier affair than Tomas Alfredson’s original, and Let Me In can’t match LTROI‘s elegant sound design and score, but Reeves manages to inject a level of tension and credibility lacking in the original.
Focusing on an alienated child who finds a fairytale escape from everyday problems (parents, divorce, bullying), Let Me In makes a nice companion piece to Spike Jonze’s underrated Where The Wild Things Are, released last year. Both films have the guts to take the magical or supernatural seriously, both share a…