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Let Me In gets cast

10.01.2009

Let's just agree now that LET THE RIGHT ONE IN doesn't have to be remade. It's a pretty damn perfect film and doesn't really need an American version. But that said, the American remake, titled LET ME IN, is coming whether we like it or not. And I don't know about you, but I'd like it to actually be good. So far the casting is a big step in the right direction.

We've heard for a while about the casting of Kodi Smit-McPhee (THE ROAD) and Chloe Moretz (KICK-ASS) for a while but today it's official along with the news that Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins will be starring as Hakan (though his name could be changing for the American version). Smit-McPhee and Moretz will star as Owen and Abby, the American versions of Oskar and Eli.

Now call me crazy but I'm actually kinda looking forward to this film. I'm not expecting it to eclipse the original by any stretch of the imagination, but if it's any kind of fun on its own right I'll be OK with it. Jenkins as Hakan is a pretty good step in the right direction.

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Extra Tidbit: What are your thoughts on the LET THE RIGHT ONE IN remake? Love it, hate it, don't care?
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9:25PM on 10/02/2009
The cast seems really solid but who knows how the actual film will turn out. If were lucky it won't be horrible.
The cast seems really solid but who knows how the actual film will turn out. If were lucky it won't be horrible.
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8:59PM on 10/02/2009
I was not really all for this, but this casting news has got me excited now, so...
I was not really all for this, but this casting news has got me excited now, so...
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6:17PM on 10/02/2009
richard jenkins is mother fucking perfect as muther fackin Hakan, good choice, i enjoyed the original but im interested in what hollywood will turn it into
richard jenkins is mother fucking perfect as muther fackin Hakan, good choice, i enjoyed the original but im interested in what hollywood will turn it into
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6:14PM on 10/02/2009
Let me first start off by saying that I love the original, but will keep an open mind about the remake. To all those that say the original is boring or overrated, you are entitled to your opinion, but I get the feeling from some of the comments below that most of you went into watching the original, thinking that it was simply going to be your typical violent/gory vampire film. But the film, and the book for that matter, focuses mainly on the relationship of the 2 children. The film is a great
Let me first start off by saying that I love the original, but will keep an open mind about the remake. To all those that say the original is boring or overrated, you are entitled to your opinion, but I get the feeling from some of the comments below that most of you went into watching the original, thinking that it was simply going to be your typical violent/gory vampire film. But the film, and the book for that matter, focuses mainly on the relationship of the 2 children. The film is a great adaptation of the book, and the screen play was written by the bookís author, so I am not sure how much more of an accurate interpretation the remake can be, some of the side stories in the book are interesting, but I can see why they were left out. The original truly captures the essence of the book and I can only hope that the remake does the same.
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7:02PM on 10/02/2009
Interesting you say that the original captures the essence of the book. My problem with the original was that that was exactly what I felt it failed to do. I found the horror elements, which are strong in the book, far too muted in the film, and thought that unbalanced what was originally a very finely balanced story. Each to their own I guess.
Interesting you say that the original captures the essence of the book. My problem with the original was that that was exactly what I felt it failed to do. I found the horror elements, which are strong in the book, far too muted in the film, and thought that unbalanced what was originally a very finely balanced story. Each to their own I guess.
9:46AM on 10/02/2009
The original is such an insanely over-rated hype fest with some great cinematography - but that's really all it had going for it. With that said, I really can't see any way it could be improved with a remake. I say let this one die and let those who bit the hype and mindlessly praise a mediocre and uninspired film enjoy the original.
The original is such an insanely over-rated hype fest with some great cinematography - but that's really all it had going for it. With that said, I really can't see any way it could be improved with a remake. I say let this one die and let those who bit the hype and mindlessly praise a mediocre and uninspired film enjoy the original.
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9:25AM on 10/02/2009

PISSED!

The name change makes it sound so aggressive... The original is one of my favorite movies. I just started reading the book and so far the film is pretty dead on. The US version is going to shit all over them both just to feed into a vampire fad. And come on, the last scene in the pool is so chilling... you canít mess with that.
The name change makes it sound so aggressive... The original is one of my favorite movies. I just started reading the book and so far the film is pretty dead on. The US version is going to shit all over them both just to feed into a vampire fad. And come on, the last scene in the pool is so chilling... you canít mess with that.
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12:46AM on 10/02/2009
I loved the original, but the way I see it is that no matter what, they're both based on another source. I don't really see this movie so much as a remake, but as another person's vision of the book. LTROI was one version and it came out pretty incredible. As for this, so far everything I've heard about is making it look out to be pretty good as well. Plus IMO, anything with Jenkins is usually watching at least once.
I loved the original, but the way I see it is that no matter what, they're both based on another source. I don't really see this movie so much as a remake, but as another person's vision of the book. LTROI was one version and it came out pretty incredible. As for this, so far everything I've heard about is making it look out to be pretty good as well. Plus IMO, anything with Jenkins is usually watching at least once.
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12:45AM on 10/02/2009

Why the name change?

I'm not digging that title at all.
I'm not digging that title at all.
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11:21PM on 10/01/2009
I hated Let The Right One In. I saw potential in it...it wasn't executed. Maybe this version can put that untapped potential to good use.
I hated Let The Right One In. I saw potential in it...it wasn't executed. Maybe this version can put that untapped potential to good use.
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8:22PM on 10/01/2009
I've said it before, I'll likely say it again... The way to do this is to go back to the book. The film only really covers one of four storylines in the book, and the stuff they left out with Hakan is nasty, brutal and fucking terrifying.
I've said it before, I'll likely say it again... The way to do this is to go back to the book. The film only really covers one of four storylines in the book, and the stuff they left out with Hakan is nasty, brutal and fucking terrifying.
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8:17PM on 10/01/2009
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN it's probably the best vampire flick I've seen. Remaking it it's a bad idea. But Jenkins is a great actor, and I loved CLOVERFIELD so I trust in Reeves. Let's see...
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN it's probably the best vampire flick I've seen. Remaking it it's a bad idea. But Jenkins is a great actor, and I loved CLOVERFIELD so I trust in Reeves. Let's see...
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7:26PM on 10/01/2009
I am not on board with the remake, but at least they have taken a step in the right direction with casting Richard Jenkins.
I am not on board with the remake, but at least they have taken a step in the right direction with casting Richard Jenkins.
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7:22PM on 10/01/2009
Let The Right One In was not an entertaining/good film. I didn't like it. I really wanted to. I really, really, really wanted to like it. However, when I watched it, I was disappointed.

I think this remake is a good idea. It seems to be putting together a good cast. I like vampire films and LTROI had the basis for a really great story, it just didn't deliver. To put it bluntly, it was BORING. Hopefully the new film will be more entertaining.
Let The Right One In was not an entertaining/good film. I didn't like it. I really wanted to. I really, really, really wanted to like it. However, when I watched it, I was disappointed.

I think this remake is a good idea. It seems to be putting together a good cast. I like vampire films and LTROI had the basis for a really great story, it just didn't deliver. To put it bluntly, it was BORING. Hopefully the new film will be more entertaining.
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9:23PM on 10/01/2009
It's not supposed to be "entertaining" dude, it's supposed to be a thought-provoking and chilling love story between a little girl who can't grow old and this boy who feels that the world has turned its back on him.

The greatest vampire film of all-time...hands down!
It's not supposed to be "entertaining" dude, it's supposed to be a thought-provoking and chilling love story between a little girl who can't grow old and this boy who feels that the world has turned its back on him.

The greatest vampire film of all-time...hands down!
10:06PM on 10/01/2009
ElderPredator,

That is the most ridiculous thing I've heard all day. "It's not supposed to be entertaining", then it was meant to be boring. Well it acomplished it's goal. I'll admit that when it was a vampire film it was good. What I mean is, the scenes where "she" behaves as a vampire are good, i.e; the snow kill, entering the house uninvited, the pool scene. All of the rest of the story was not entertaining to me.

I've heard several people say that the book is way better. I
ElderPredator,

That is the most ridiculous thing I've heard all day. "It's not supposed to be entertaining", then it was meant to be boring. Well it acomplished it's goal. I'll admit that when it was a vampire film it was good. What I mean is, the scenes where "she" behaves as a vampire are good, i.e; the snow kill, entering the house uninvited, the pool scene. All of the rest of the story was not entertaining to me.

I've heard several people say that the book is way better. I know that's an easy thing to say about a movie based on a book, but maybe I'll read the book and look forward to a better telling of the story.

To everyone else,

I love the fact that this post keeps getting the thumbs down. Most people fear the word re-make. Some of the greatest movies are re-makes. So, don't discredit this new film as a piece of shit until you see it.
3:18AM on 10/02/2009
I fully agree! The Book was 100 times better and I can't wait to see are more dynamic version. I bet all those haters gonna love it...
I fully agree! The Book was 100 times better and I can't wait to see are more dynamic version. I bet all those haters gonna love it...
7:15PM on 10/01/2009

It kinda sorta needs to be remade

Bill Maher was right when he said America is a stupid country. Most Americans don't like subtitles. So the only way to get them to see one of the best vampire flicks ever made, is to remake it in English. It's a shame. But it's the truth.
Bill Maher was right when he said America is a stupid country. Most Americans don't like subtitles. So the only way to get them to see one of the best vampire flicks ever made, is to remake it in English. It's a shame. But it's the truth.
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