Sweden, once a hot property for films of the adult variety, has gone mainstream. American remakes of the films based on the Stieg Larsson novels (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire) are currently forthcoming, but first U.S. audiences will be treated to the remake of Let the Right One In, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson's wildly successful 2008 film based on the book by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
Shortened to simply Let Me In, the film is the story of a bullied boy who develops a friendship with a young girl wise beyond her years (she's a vampire). Kodi Smit-McPhee, who was heartbreakingly brilliant in The Road, plays the boy, Owen. We think that's a pretty strong pedigree. And having Richard Jenkins in the cast is never a bad thing. There's pretty strong advance word on Chloe Moretz's performance as the girl, Abby, too.
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We have 20 free passes to a special advance screening of Let Me In, Tuesday, September 28, 7:30 p.m., at AMC Studio 30, 2949 Dunvale. Stop in here at the Houston Press office (1621 Milam) and pick one up at the front desk.
While the original film is truly creepy, the remake promises more actual scares. Compare by watching the original Swedish trailer after the jump (followed by a little kitschy Swedish nostalgia of the NSFW kind).