October the 1st is when our American cousins can choose to ignore the wonderful original film and fill the cinemas to catch the retitled remake Let Me In, and while I certainly am not going to damn the movie unseen this news only means one thing to me: If you haven’t seen the original you have just under ten months to seek it out.
In a sea of unnecessary remakes this film will benefit from the buoyancy of a compelling original tale, which could stand any number of remakes, my problem stems from the fact that its critically lauded cousin is so recent that it will more than likely be forgotten when the steamroller of the English language version is released. So the argument for these remakes, made so often, that people may be encouraged to seek out the original holds no water.
Anyway, this film will hold a special place in my heart and I implore you to seek it out before October rolls around.
The synopsis according to Overture is as follows:
An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in “Let Me In,” a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”).
Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.
When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.
The gifted cast of “Let Me In” takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel “Lat den Ratte Komma In” (“Let the Right One In”) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.