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07.24.2010

COMIC CON: LET ME IN

There are many people out there that have immediately written off Matt Reeves North American remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN if only because the original can easily be argued as a masterpiece of modern cinema. Reeves was on stage today to present (defend) his film to the best of his ability and he brought along the main cast. Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Richard Jenkins were all in attendance. Here's how it all went down.

-Panel host, Drew McWeeny opened up the festivities by telling the audience he's seen the film. And that it's awesome. He says no fan of film should pass this up simply because they deem it unnecessary.

-The first clip we see features Chloe and Kodi getting to know each other in an arcade. It's a very quiet and dramatic scene that kind of shows the difference within the kid's personalities. Kodi plays Ms. Pac-Man and eats candy while Chloe seems fascinated with Kodi and constantly stares at him. She takes some candy so she doesn't hurt his feelings and it makes her run to the parking lot and puke. Kodi hugs her and Chloe asks if he'd like her if she wasn't a girl.

-Reeves tried to capture the atmosphere of ROSEMARY'S BABY for the character of Owen (McPhee). It's a coming of age story that throws Owen into a world he can't quite comprehend.

-Jenkins role has very few lines but it extremely critical to the story. He hadn't seen the original until a couple of days ago and was completely blown away by it.

-The film was filmed in Los Alamos, New Mexico, the childhood twon of Drew Goddard, the writer of Reeves' CLOVERFIELD.

-Chloes mom reads all her scripts before her while her brother helps to shape the characters once she takes a role. Her mom hasn't let her watch LET ME IN yet but she's seen bits and pieces and loved it.

-The original concept for the remake was to make the kids older. Reeves, before even taking on the director's job, told the studio not to. He says it would ruin the innocence that makes the kids relationship so special.

-John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of the novel was a big fan of CLOVERFIELD and was honored to have Reeves give his interpretation of the story.

-Most of the cast and crew waited until after filming was complete to watch the original.

-The second clip takes place as Jenkins is preparing to go out for the night and get Chloe some blood. There's an intimate moment between the two and then we cut to Jenkins scoping out a car in a parking lot. Cut to a collage student getting into car while Jenkins hides in the back seat, wearing a garbage bag of his face. The kid picks up a friend on the street and they pull into get gas. As the driver goes in to pay, the passenger notices Jenkins and tries to call out as Jenkins grabs him from behind. Jenkins knocks him out and steals the car as the driver, and a couple more friends he meets in the store, chase after him. The car spins out of control and rolls down the side of the highway. As The kids get closer to the car, Jenkins takes out some sort of acid and pours it on his face. He howls in pain as we fade to black.

-Steven Spielberg gave Reeves advice on how to work with children. Reeves had them keep journals while in character in order to give them a back-story to work with.

-Reeves is using a lot of details from the book that were left out of the original. He's included the scene with Virginia (Sasha Barrese) sucking her own blood, a storyline involving a cop (Elias Koteas), and Owen's candy obsession.

Overall I think the film looks pretty dark. And I'm down with that. The second clip, for instance, came of very intense - but for the wrong reasons. You're instantly rooting for Jenkins to kill this kid and forget that he's basically just a serial killer. From what I saw, it looks like Jenkins is going to carry this film as a lovable loser who happens to hang people upside down in trees in order to drain their blood into a jug. I'm in.

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10:37AM on 07/26/2010
I think I'm in. The original was pretty solid. Can't shake the ending of the original. It's been months, but...shit.
I think I'm in. The original was pretty solid. Can't shake the ending of the original. It's been months, but...shit.
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2:35AM on 07/26/2010
The trailer they released sold it well. That doesn't mean anything of course, there are plenty of wonderful trailers for terrible movies. Still..

"The original concept for the remake was to make the kids older."
Hollywood ALWAYS does this, and it's always stupid! I'm glad the director put his foot down. The director of that Nightmare on Elm Street remake could learn a thing or two from him. Like we really need yet another horror movie with highschoolers and kids played by college-age
The trailer they released sold it well. That doesn't mean anything of course, there are plenty of wonderful trailers for terrible movies. Still..

"The original concept for the remake was to make the kids older."
Hollywood ALWAYS does this, and it's always stupid! I'm glad the director put his foot down. The director of that Nightmare on Elm Street remake could learn a thing or two from him. Like we really need yet another horror movie with highschoolers and kids played by college-age actors!
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2:33AM on 07/26/2010
The trailer they released sold it well. That doesn't mean anything of course, there are plenty of wonderful trailers for terrible movies. Still..

"The original concept for the remake was to make the kids older."
Hollywood ALWAYS does this, and it's always stupid! I'm glad the director put his foot down. The director of that Nightmare on Elm Street remake could learn a thing or two from him. Like we really need yet another horror movie with highschoolers and kids played by college-age
The trailer they released sold it well. That doesn't mean anything of course, there are plenty of wonderful trailers for terrible movies. Still..

"The original concept for the remake was to make the kids older."
Hollywood ALWAYS does this, and it's always stupid! I'm glad the director put his foot down. The director of that Nightmare on Elm Street remake could learn a thing or two from him. Like we really need yet another horror movie with highschoolers and kids played by college-age actors!
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7:19PM on 07/25/2010
The original is a modern masterpiece. But having seen the US trailer and all of the poster and teaser art, I'm actually interested in seeing this film. Reeves showed he can pull off intensity with Cloverfield so I feel he can do it here to, especially with Let the Right One In to work off of.
The original is a modern masterpiece. But having seen the US trailer and all of the poster and teaser art, I'm actually interested in seeing this film. Reeves showed he can pull off intensity with Cloverfield so I feel he can do it here to, especially with Let the Right One In to work off of.
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3:06AM on 07/25/2010
The fact that he's included the scene of Virginia sucking her own blood (which is so fucking creepy, and I really missed in the film) gives me hope that this is going in the right direction.
The fact that he's included the scene of Virginia sucking her own blood (which is so fucking creepy, and I really missed in the film) gives me hope that this is going in the right direction.
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8:22PM on 07/24/2010

Its sad films have to be remade

Its sad films have to be remade to suit the American desire to only watch English language films, but when American studios even remake already existing English language films, tv dramas and comedies (Death At A Funeral, State of Play, The Office, Cracker, Life on Mars, Dear John, Fawlty Towers (twice!), George & Mildred/The Ropers, Man About The House/Three's Company, Max Headroom, Queer as Folk etc. etc.) then whats really expected?

Blame insular audiences.
Its sad films have to be remade to suit the American desire to only watch English language films, but when American studios even remake already existing English language films, tv dramas and comedies (Death At A Funeral, State of Play, The Office, Cracker, Life on Mars, Dear John, Fawlty Towers (twice!), George & Mildred/The Ropers, Man About The House/Three's Company, Max Headroom, Queer as Folk etc. etc.) then whats really expected?

Blame insular audiences.
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7:32PM on 07/24/2010
I enjoyed the original and have liked everything I have heard so far about this and I like the pictures I have seen. While I am a fan most of all of originality, I can understand that some movies lend themselves to be reinterpreted for a different audience.
I enjoyed the original and have liked everything I have heard so far about this and I like the pictures I have seen. While I am a fan most of all of originality, I can understand that some movies lend themselves to be reinterpreted for a different audience.
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7:44PM on 07/24/2010
That's the exact point he (Reeves)was trying to get across.
That's the exact point he (Reeves)was trying to get across.
2:35AM on 07/26/2010
I actually think lots of movies lend themselves to reinterpretation. The real problem isn't the remakes, but that Hollywood sucks at *making* remakes. Or does them for the wrong reasons.

But this may be different. We'll see.
I actually think lots of movies lend themselves to reinterpretation. The real problem isn't the remakes, but that Hollywood sucks at *making* remakes. Or does them for the wrong reasons.

But this may be different. We'll see.
7:21PM on 07/24/2010
loved the original. but i would see this movie solely on the fact that Richard Jenkins is in it.
loved the original. but i would see this movie solely on the fact that Richard Jenkins is in it.
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7:03PM on 07/24/2010

I'm excited.

I need to watch the original tonight, but people need to stop bitching. Dozens of 'classics' have been remade, and continue to still get remade. Remakes allow a wider audience to view the film, and make the original more known.
I need to watch the original tonight, but people need to stop bitching. Dozens of 'classics' have been remade, and continue to still get remade. Remakes allow a wider audience to view the film, and make the original more known.
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