Mentally psyching myself up before TNA Impact with something actually entertaining.
No Playable file?
That’s what I see, too. Oh noes!
In professional lingo… Looks like there’s been an uh oh.
Looks like Spoony messed up :S
damn and i was all excited
If you cant see it, click on the video in the playlist that pops up and it will play.
Wroooong, wroooong. The remake is much more flat and the cinematography is more mainstream and boring and the music is annyoing and you’re just wrong.
It’s still nice to watch a new Spoony, I’m not just whining. ;) It’s kind of a happy whine.
Lol, popcorn flick you say?
It didnt even kill th story from the authencity derived from Let The Right One it just really took off some tidbits to process an alternate ending, which is the cycle of manipulation. I couldn’t disagree more with your opiion. The way the scene direction went was amazing, mainstream never equates to automatic horribleness. Well.. in some cases… and the music fit the timeline while you cant really say its shallow at all for having a higher budget or having a different version of what the relationship was. Yes, I loved the relationship value between Owen and Abby in the original to death, but in this one, you didnt need them to be so closely bonded, it was a hunter simply eating off th last bits of sanity and self-independance this boy had.
I think you need a haircut soon Spoony lol
Hah, I noticed this too…in fact, my exact thought was “Get a haircut ya hippie!” from the Simpsons episode where Homer uses Dimoxinal and gets hair.
Referring to the Ring movie comment: You should read the book it was based on. It was so much better!
Have never really thought about that whole cycle-thing… interesting. Haven’t seen this movie, seen the swedish version and read the book though. I’m glad you like them, I’m not really a big fan of the movie (consider the book to be one of the best books I’ve ever read)
If you ever read the book I would love to see a review of it.
you should’ve seen jackass atleast thats what my teenage mind is telling me to say
Can’t really comment on this movies since it might take a while for it to come over here (I’m Swedish) but I will strongly suggest reading the book. I don’t read many books these days but when I heard about Let the Right One In was being made into a movie (and the book was being mentioned as great) I rented the book and read it through in 3 days because I just couldn’t stop. I’m also so surprised how much recognition the original has gotten outside Sweden since I find the book far far superior. So many what I think important details missing.
That’s weird, seeing as how a lot of people were boycotting this movie because of one of the characters. I might just check i out when I have the time.
Also Elias Koteas…wasn’t he Casey Jones in the first TMNT movie?
Yes, indeed he was.
I still haven’t seen this yet, but the score to it is the best in years. Giacchino is brilliant and delivers yet again.
I agree with Nero68, I find it pretty fascinating that this movie is so known outside Sweden, some scenes are shot in the really tiny town in northern Sweden were I live, and it actually feels so special haha.
I also agree that the book is far better, but well, that’s usually the case. Haven’t seen the american remake, didn’t even know they would make one, but have to see it now.
And yes, I might like the american version more than the Swedish version, just like you. The “quality” (can’t find the right words) of Swedish movies can barely be compared to American movies, of course one reason is because American movies have alot more money put into them.
I thought the original was very beautifully shot at times, it honestly doesn’t betray a lack of budget at all.
I really loved the Swedish version and I am so looking forward to seeing the remake.
Btw, hope you’re feeling better Spoony, I wish you all the best.
You make me want to watch this movie even more now. ;.;
For some reason I’m having a lot of trouble with the videos here and on Wrestle Wrestle (They keep cutting out on me and also won’t preload).
Is anyone else having trouble?
do u have Ad Blocker
yeah me too
Personally i didn’t really like the movie verion of Let the right one in. I really liked the book though, but John Ajvide Linqvist has written better stuff imo, like Hanteringen av odöda (Management of undead) and one story from Pappersväggar (Paperwalls).
I haven’t seen the American version yet, so I don’t know if that changes certain things, but in the Swedish version, it seemed like the vampire girl was reluctant to take on the other kid. Like, she tries to make him go away at first, then she tries to stay away, then she tries to out and out leave, but she ends up coming back because like it or not she needs him and he needs her. So it’s a mutual thing, at least at the beginning.
I agree about it being a cycle, about it being horrific because you know that the kid is gonna end up just like the old guy, but I don’t entirely think it was a purely calculated move on her part.
I didn’t know that there was a remanke of this one i hope its as good as you say because I really liked the original almost as much as the novel.
This is what we want.
I saw Jackass 3…
I’ve seen the Swedish one…
So I guess it’s worth going to see the American one too.
I dig the mullet
I agree that the car wreck scene was awesome and how the Abby vampire scenes were terrible. I am not sure which movie is better, I probably enjoyed the American version better in part because it was in English.
It is a wonderful vampire film and I think the two young actors did a fantastic job. And being a child of the eighties it was a wonderful trip down Memory Lane for me. The music was awesome to hear and little things (i.e. the Boy George lookalike at the candy store) made me smile.
The Spoony One lives! Yaaay!
I think these remakes are abuse of a good European movie. You don’t have much work when you have a bigger budget and I think that ain’t fair. European directors don’t get a chance to make a name for themselves.
I really don’t think it matters how big the budget is. The amount of work is the same. Please remember this phrase if nothing else: “It’s not what you can do. It’s what you can do with what you have.”
Agreed. American movies in general [with a few - mostly independent- exceptions, of course] have been pretty damned lame since the mid-90′s. This is probably due to Hollywood discovering a few handy formulas.
“Retarded story+Overkill budget=’Motionpicture’”, “Already done story+Overkill budget=’Motionpicture’” and “Outright stolen story+Overkill budget=’Motionpicture’” are some good examples. Bad jokes aside I must say that I didn’t think you were such a capitalist, Spoony. The beauty in a painting lies not in the quality of the dye. Also; If bad subtitles are an excuse to steal an entire work of art, are retarded stories not an excuse good enough to sue the producer and win? Seriously, there is -no- reason to “remake” foreign movies like this and the responsible party should get the chair.
Ridiculous. Nothing is “stolen”, the owner of the rights to the original is compensated when remakes are made. Secondly, I disagree with the unnecessary remake idea because often, they are very necessary. Like it or not, a great deal of people simply do not want to, or cannot, relate to foreign film and remaking it in English is a great way to introduce new ideas and new ways of telling stories to an audience that would otherwise miss out. It can also serve as a gateway for people to experience foreign movies that maybe never felt the urge to try something new until hearing about a movie based on a foreign work – assuming they like the remake they may well check out the original. A bit too quick to condemn I feel…
For the argument about it being “stolen”, look upwards. It drains money and attention from the original. Sure, it -does- introduce a large number of people to the film, but the vast majority will not as much as lift their eylids to the original. Also, the world is highly globalized these days; “I can’t relate to your weird customs” only works for orient-western relations, not western-western. This “remake”, like most others, is retarded.
Except for all the internationally known ones. Including the guy who did Let The Right One In.
not like I ever make it to the movies much but I think I’ll have to give this a look once it’s out on DVD, probably a bad thing to wait for a horror flick but yeah, too broke to pay attention
*is smacked for the old joke*
At least Spoony got a sanity break before impact
What is it with everyone shitting on Spoony because he has an opinion? For fans, some of you guys are total ass holes.
Sounds like what a fascist would say, if you ask me. But you wouldn’t, right?.
Some people have opinions of their own, no?
Personally, I hate these acts of theft with a passion and avoid them like the plague.
It’s not an act of theft. International copyright laws make sure that any studio that wants to do a remake of a movie done in another country, they have to purchase the rights to do a remake from the people who own the rights to the original. You throw around the word fascist because it makes you feel better about yourself. You like to feel smug and “smart” and superior. You come off as a pathetic little imp that makes me question why I even bothered to reply to you.
Oh, no! I’m hurt by your horrifying insults!!
I “throw around” the word because it fits people who adore someone to the point where opinions unlike his are equalient of “shitting on him”. As for that thing about your beloved copyright laws; they pay 1$[hypothetical number, of course] and make more than a hundred[hypothetical number again, in the case that fascists cannot utilize logic properly] due to selling a -big- lot more. After all their version is SO much better because they used more money and it happens to be “Made in the U.S.A.”. Such is the “wonder” of capitalism; Poor stays poor and rich stays rich. Sounds like theft to me.
You’re just becoming incoherent now. Your argument is defunct. I’ve seen very good European films. You go on and on about money this and poor that. Let the Right One In cost 29 million SEK to make. It cost $20 million to make the American remake. There is not that much of a difference since the SEK currently has an exchange rate of about 9-9.5 SEK per EUR. Don’t forget that the Euro is now more valuable than the Dollar. When you take this into account, the budgets are very similar. Give or take a couple million. Your argument is therefore rendered moot.
My good, wikipedia lover of a friend, 1 USD is roughly 6.5 SEK. That it quite a lot if you know basic math.
Who’s got a defunct argument -now-, eh?
Fair enough. However, after researching this bit too, I have come to the conclusion that one of my previous points unrelated to this thread still stands. It’s not what you have. It’s what you can do with what you have.
Example: Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. $200,000 to make. Comes to about 1,324,140 SEK. Still well below what it cost to make Let the Right One In. If I’m not mistaken, Kickassia cost even less than that and so did the web series There Will Be Brawl. You can have a huge budget, and still make a shitty movie. You can have a smallest budget possible, and make a spectacular movie. All of this depends on t talent of the cast and crew and and everyone involved with making the movie. From what Spoony said, the original is damn good. A small budget didn’t hurt it. Also, from the research I was doing previously, the original had critical acclaim and won several awards. The remake looks like it might be interesting.I may or may not check it out. I still don’t appreciate snooty people acting like it’s theft or some other heinous crime that there was an American remake. The original was good enough to warrant attention from an American director. Not to mention, the guy absolutely loved the original. I can guarantee you that it won’t get as much acclaim as the original due to the Twilight shit.
You seem to understand that passion makes a better film than funding.
Even if we do not agree completely with eachother, atleast you show a fine cultural spirit.
I can respect this. Good debate, m’friend!
Again, act of theft is simply wrong. Many of the smaller film industries rely on the money from Hollywood optioning rights to films to even stay afloat. Your dismissal of this process comes off as snobbery at best, ignorance at worst.
How about being against rackets? Having to sell the rights to potentially -butcher- your work to Hollywood in order to stay in business doesn’t sound too nice, does it?
A American remake can actually help the original though, If nothing else a remake can enlighten people to the fact there is a good movie they’ve never heard of.
Or they can make -some- sort of effort and use the internet [the very same internet -you- are using now] to find good and unheard of foreign movies. Hollywood doesn’t have to -tell- them “Watch this!” for them to find and watch a new movie, right?
and how would said people use the internet to find a movie they have no initial knowledge of? All it’d take is for one person on the internet to say hey wait a minute this a remake, then someone might, google it and find the original.
How would they find the original on there own unless they were searching for something along the lines of the movie. I mean come on there is not some list out there of “watch this Indie/foreign” movie. Even people with so called good taste aren’t necessarily big movie buffs who search for obscure good movies, or read up on whats great around the world.
Example, I would of never of known about the superior 70′s Get Carter if I hadn’t watched the the remake.
Not knowing about a great movie doesn’t make you a idiot, or your taste in movies any worse, it simply makes you normal. A movie could be fantastic but unless knowledge of that movie somehow reaches someone the most you can hope for is for them to stumble onto it.
Maybe but Let The Right One In isn’t an obscure movie. It won awards and if someone is at all interested in film he or she would have come across it on multiple movie sites.
I never heard of it until they whole remake argument got started, and I wager a lot of people didn’t either. Why does it seem a lot of people here assume everyone keeps track of the movie business.
People work, they have family’s, hell even if they are online all the time it’s usually on the same old internet haunts they always use, without a ad, or a friend, or a post pointing at the movie how the hell would they know of it.
I don’t see how something being known on the net can even come close to comparing with a main stream ad campaign. Why else would crap like epic movie, or a future edition of Eshbaal’s Horrible Horror be able to gross millions of dollars it doesn’t deserve?
Example, like Spoony i’m really into pro wrestling, and hell in some ways the wrestling community is rather huge, but the casual fan would differ from someone who’s really into it. The man, woman or child who watches wwe once a week isn’t going to know about the hundreds of other wrestling promotions in the world, even if they would enjoy them. Why would they unless they stumbled onto them or where told of them? A great match could happen in Japan and me and people like me could exalt it on high, but what about the other 98% of US/UK fans? The same goes for a good foreign movie, it could be great, really awesome but chances are it’s just not going to develop a huge following through word of mouth.
I see some saying “people should have seen this film.” or ” is at all interested in film”, that almost sounds elitist to me. Just because someone hasn’t heard of something doesn’t mean it wasn’t successful, or isn’t great. Yet at the same time just because it’s common knowledge to some (maybe) even a lot of people, does not make it common knowledge to all.
The creators of “Let the Right One In” had to allow this remake, Or atleast someone with that authority gave the permission. Granted most remakes suck and while I haven’t seen this one yet I hear it’s good, but my point is it seems snobbish to hate on a remake just because it’s a remake. How much longer would “Let The Right One In” continue to sell on DVD or be talked about on it’s own? and thats not a insult to the movie, even great movies fade out of the debate scene. Now with the remake how long will it be discussed and how many DVD’s will be sold once people find out it’s the original version of “Let Me In”?
It has to be a increase, I doubt it’d actually hurt the original, and if the remake brings new eyes to the original where is the ultimate fault?
I been ranting awhile I know but come on people even a bad remake just makes you love the original more, it’s not taking the spot light off the original, if anything it’s helping spread word of the original.
Spoony I have to disagree with you about the love story part of this movie. Granted I have not seen it but the way you put it is as though a love story is impossible between a monstrous creature and a human child. I really think you should read “Bloodchild” by Octavia Butler, it is a story were a kind of love develops out of the need for an intelligent race of giant insects and human colonists. The story is short and can be found in the Fourth Edition of “Literature and Society.”
I do have to warn you that it is stomach churning but powerful.
I’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for the tip!
I do have to agree that the whole setup in this film and the original are completely different: in the original it feels more like they do care for one another, while in this film, it’s more a “holy shit!” moment when you realize what’s going on. I like the Swedish film more, but this one was pretty good as it was.
Your mic is getting some static in this video
Other example where the american remake is better: The Departed.
I’m in the proces of watching the original right now the draining of the first victim already has me laughing. First of all he doesn’t put up any kind of a fight before or while getting that gas thing pressed on his face. Then he gets drained about 50 meters away from a well lit, busy street in white snow, that provides really good contrast, no less
… Ok through with the original. Have to say I didn’t care for it too much. Probably because the german dub seems really bad. I have heard way better dubs. Since this is a character driven movie this is ofcourse a big diadvantage since when the dub is bad you won’t be able to relate to the character… But I’m just way too lazy to watch a 2 hour movie with sub titles. 20 minutes Anime, ok, but a 2 hour movie? >.<
I liked “Let the Right One In” when I first read it a year ago, but when I heard you mention the cycle that was happening, that just made me appreciate the story even more. I have to go re-read that book now!
I really liked the remake but sorry I gotta go with the original. I just think it has this atmosphere around it that makes it extremely disturbing and weird and creepy that I didn’t really feel again in this remake. and I think that’s why I liked the original a bit more. Even though the acting and story and everything else was just as good the original is just kinda special for me.
One more thing: COME ON SPOONY. You know how awesome of a review it would be to hear you or you and your brother talk about jackass 3. I just think that would be a really interesting video because jackass is one of those movies that there is no story or complex message or special effects your just kinda telling your experience of it. Don’t go see it in 3d if you don’t want to but I just think it would be a funny review if you saw it weather you loved or hated it……..okay just hated it :P
Good review today though please bring out more movie vlogs we been lacking them lately.
I really wanted to see this movie not only based on what Spoony says but hopefully for the same reason on any horror fans’ minds, the return of Hammer Horror! The English version was co-produced by Hammer Films and this is their first big screen motion picture release since 1976′s To the Devil…a Daughter with Christopher Lee. I’m saddened by the film’s box office failure here in the US, but I hope the good reviews will help change people’s minds.
I’m pretty sure this film is a return to what made Hammer Horror unique throughout the late 50s through the early 70s. For one thing, it’s a period piece. We’re used to the Victorian setting in many of the classic Hammer Horror films though now a Hammer Horror film taking place in the 1980s might be a nice change of pace. Another thing, it’s probably so bloody that it makes the classic films seem tame in comparison. Still, the Hammer horror classics will remain in the memory of horror fans forever, but the new Hammer Horror for the new millenium is just what we’ve been waiting for.
I’m sure the next one The Resident with Lee, Hilary Swank, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be as good as this one. Plus, the upcoming The Woman in Black with Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe will be a return to the classic Hammer Horror setting of Victorian London since the end of the Dracula and Frankenstein series.
I haven’t seen either film version, but I am familiar with the story. I’m with you Spoony; I don’t see how some people can see this story as charming or beautiful when it is in fact the story of young boy being manipulated into a world of nightmare and murder. She actually deliberately escalates his relationship with the bullies to bring about his debt to her. But then I suppose that was the point after all, to challenge the audience’s perceptions.
While it seems like the film is well done, I am so saturated with vampire stories right now there is no way I could sit through another one. Vampires have been DONE, in my opinion, and I just don’t find them interesting any more. I actually think that the story would have had a lot more impact if, instead of being a supernatural allegory, it had been about a kid getting involved in a world of street crime and murder.
Anyway, glad to see you back and well and I hope you can survive Impact.
Haven’t seen the movie but I’ve read the book. It was a long time ago, but as I recall about the romance stuff
She really does care. In one part they have some kind of discussion and he asks her something along the lines of whether she really does have to kill to feed. Later she actually pays a guy to basically donate blood to her. And as I recall, in the end, Oskar, or whatever the kid’s name was, actually gets turned into a vampire, making it a kind of “happily ever after” ending.
I really enjoyed the original, I need to see this. I’m amazed by the elitism around here, though. I swear, the deadly combination of movies, anonymity, and the general pretentious vibe that many film fans put off twists people in a bad way. It’s okay to like the original more, it’s a great movie, but acting like a pretentious twat and tossing around phrases like “theft” and “rape” and such just makes you look like a douche. Especially when the two movies are as similar as they are in this case.
The way you describe it, it’s almost like Abby is manipulating the audience as well as Owen! That’s brilliant, man. The original Swedish film is gonna be shown on my campus for Halloween, and now I’m definitely going to see it.
Oh, and I looked up The Breakup Song after seeing the review. It was swell. I do enjoy 80′s music from time to time, even though I tend to listen to contemporary, underground music (the kind of alternative music that isn’t mainstream in disguise). My favorite old-school artist is Tom Petty, though I’m not sure if he’s technically 80′s.
Good to see you back, spoony, hope you “health” issue is better. You have a great heart!
Although I disagree with you on nearly every point (right down the the remake being a good movie and it being better than the original) I still think it was a well put together and well structured review. Keep it up Spoony!
I know you don’t respond in comments section, Spoony, but what the hell, I’ve got a question.:) I really admire your ability to talk about something for half an hour and actually make sense. Do you have a script glued to the wall, or do you improvise all the time in your Vlog movies?
In a way i think the the usa remake is much like the swedich version is sad becase they had an opertunety to remake the book not the movie, becase it seem like so much of the point of it have gotten missed
And Spoony no offence im glad you like this but BOY they have kastrated the story and perhaps part of it is that culturaly sweden and usa is quite difrent (im swedich).
First off Owen her “killer” was NOT whit her a kid she picked him up when he was older and did so for a reason, you see if you feel sorry for the guy harvesting for her, remember she picked him becase he is a fucking pedofile, she use the face that she is a little girl to manipulate him becase he wantes to sleep whit her he is atracted to her sexualy as much as any love for her.
She picked the guy becase he had, no friends, no family, he hated himself and was probobly oging to suaside. The part about her being a monster, that is the whole point of the story she is very inteligent and calculating but she is still ALITLLE GIRL she is still scared frightend and dont want to die, in the book this is made vary clear about the horror of how she was trund and that is pretty sick in of it self if you want that stuff go read the book.
The story is one of redemtion, she go from being someone who kill peopel and in the end figures out a way to live whit out having to kill and the reason is OSKAR he helps her rediscover her humanity.
It is NEVER about her using him to replace Owen, she realy start to care about him as time go by even if she dont want to becase she know she cant be friends, at the point where she gets desperatly hungry and is about to feed on him he think she is huggin him and toutch her hair and she freaks out is the turning point.
Alot of this is left out of the swedich movie as well, but from what i can hear the usa REALY butcherd the, the seeing the picture of Owen as a kid i wanted to scream it’s so compleatly out of place the whole point of OWen is the fact that he is a damn pedofile, somethign that kinda sneaks across alittle in the swedich movie not alot but alittle.
Sorry from what i can hear this movie might be a good vampire horror movie but it’s not this vampire story,
I don’t know about Eli being purely manipulative. I kind of feel that she wants some of her innocence back and her memory of that innocence is reflected through Oskar. She seems quite curious about the outside world she has been disconnected from for so long. She also seems reluctant to attack people until she has too. For example the scene where she tells Oskar to run from her she honestly seems to be fighting the urge to attack him. She seems alarmed for his well being much more then her own, since she could simply seduce another boy into this blood driving slave. After all what 12 year old boy could resist a flying girlfriend?
I need to check this remake out some time.
I saw Let The Right One In and found it to be such a ponderous mixed bag. My favorite scene was a great example. She shows the boy what happens when she enters a person’s place without being invited, it was great very bloody and well done. But then the boy relents and invites her into the room she’s already in, we cut back and she’s clean and neat again. She and her clothes were drenched in a sweat-storm of blood then ding! all better and I wondered what the ****ing point was. Other scenes were just like that and you’re telling us the remake even has a similar ending?
Vamp-ness is transmittable (at least in the Swedish version) sorry I’m rambling. The original felt like a pile of mishandlings and missed opportunities packed in the atmospheric slow pace that artsy Eastern European films tend to like.
I’ll need friend back up to go see this, even on your recommendation.
Eli takes a shower right after that scene.
Not to sound pretentious or anything, but the cut you got over in america isn’t the same as the one we got here in Sweden.
I think the censors ripped the movie apart over there.
The movie was pretty ripped to begin with if you compare it to the book anyway you know. D:
That’s one good thing about being swedish, you can watch Let the right one in (or Låt den rätte komma in, as it’s known over here) without subs! =)
This is the second time I have heard good things about this movie, IGN posted a review that hailed this movie as being really good as well. I am in Japan right now, so when I get back to the states, this will be a must see.
Also, Thank Science that there are no shining vampires in this. :)
Your snobbery has led me to realize that “Let the right one in”, the Sweedish version, was a little more complex than I originally gave it credit for. Nice observations.
You know honestly this movie sound like the opposite of Tru Blood. Because in that series it is the guy (Bill) that manipulates the human(Sookie) into falling in love with him. And yes sadly I feel in love with Tru Blood but it isn’t my fault my one friend forced me to watch it and I liked it. *guilty smile*
*shock* The video in The Ring better than in Ringu? You do realise that it was meant to look grainy and weird right? it was a degraded VHS tape. In The Ring it looked pretentious and worst of all, it didn’t look like a VHS.
I liked spoony better when he did commentary on games and wasn’t such a snobby unfunny critic. Just my opinion
Well, my opinion is that your opinion fucking sucks. The vlogs have always been a part of the site, and I feel a damn good one. I’ve seen more than a couple movies I’d have otherwise missed or passed up because Spoony’s mentioned them. Have I always agreed with his opinion? No. But he usually backs up his opinion enough that I can at least understand how he feels that way.
Intelligent close observation is not snobbery, it’s what humans do, or should do. It’s just the general level critical thought brought to anything, or usually required by pop culture is so low these days, it is possible to get by on ‘retard’ mode 99% of the time. So when anyone dares step above that is seen as a snobbery.
We are *meant* to analyse and think. Don’t avoid it! You’ll feel better.
I agree I prefer the new version. I thought the acting was better, and everything you mentioned. Both are great films, but I like the American one more. You are not alone Spoony!
Is the vampire a girl in this version? cuz hes a boy in the original, oh and its still romantic tensions between the two characters even tho there both boys and young :P
I think you should watch the original again. The Vampire was always a girl.
I am swedish, and i have watched the original movie and read the novel.
The vampire was always a boy. If he is a girl in the american version, which i haven’t watched, the movie is wrong on that point. The vampire Eli is most definately a boy.
That IS strange, as Eli is played by a female as well. Maybe the subtitles ARE that horribly translated.
No it’s just the movie that failed on that part to make it clear. There is one scene where Oskar watches Eli change and instead of female genitalia you see a big scar. This eludes to the book where Eli was castrated before being turned into a vampire. Being forever without male genitalia and being adrogynous he decided to go through life as a little girl.
oh btw *SPOILER*?
People need to read the book!
Eli is a girl named Abby in this version. I think they needed to make Eli a girl instead of an androgynous boy because of the romantic tensions…
O my god i thought i was the only one in this world that like let me in remake better than the original version spoony forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
…Hearing the story…Did anyone see…what was that called…”Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl?” Japanese Horror B-Movie. The “forcing the boy to be the vampire’s guardian” must have been parodied in there. So this movie/novel is where that movie got that part of its plot.
I think that American remakes can help get exposure for movies, I only read the Millennium Trilogy after watching the trailer for the movie, hell, I only got into Watchmen after hearing Rorschach’s awesome speech. Enjoying one version can make you a fan of the entire franchise, thus you seek out other parts of the franchise (See Final Fantasy and Highlander), and eventually you come to the original. How many people’s first bit of Star Wars was the original trilogy?
While I haven’t seen Let Me In (I’m seeing it on the 13th November, ’cause it’s only out 6th November over here), I have to say, that the “Oh, the boy is being used by the girl” thing was NOT in the book. The Swedish movie gave a more mysterious tone to it, the book did not. I won’t go into any more than that, as you said you wanted to read the book, which you definately should do as it really is a fantastic read, albeit very, VERY twisted.
Her true nature is hinted at in the American version, we just lack the money shot. All in all, I’d say the American version is darker, better…meh, Im still on the fence.
Never heard of either movie, but I will definitely check it out now. A vampire movie that isn’t trash such as Twilight? How bad can it be? I’m really looking forward to seeing the 30 Days of Night sequel myself. I don’t care if it sucks(The first one was “ok”), because America needs to be re-educated as to what vampires are. They are NOT what they are in Twilight. So I hope this movie is good, and has an evil girl or something that actually hurts people. I’m hoping for a Jennifer’s body like approach, which was a decent movie in my opinion.
And I always prefer an American version regardless, because I don’t like having to read subtitles. It’s more of a preference really. Unless it’s a language you intend to learn(So it would then help you learn it), I fail to see the point.
Some movies work better when properly translated. Others make me hate humanity *coughDeathAtAFuneralcough*
I see what you mean about the deaths. Graphic deaths in a good cause can work really well. A lot of movies tend to just use it for an “oooh, look at me! I’m being adult!” effect, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Also, I think that psychological horror movies are far better than simple slasher movies. Deaths generate fright and fear, but with the psychological aspect, it really becomes horror. In fact, I can’t stand most “horror” movies because they don’t realize that and go for shock value over true horror. Actually, some of the most effective horror is when it actually manages to make you empathize or at the very least understand the logic of the killer/criminal, working like a bit of a dark mirror to the audience.
You are really starting to pollute your site with videos :D
Back then it was clean – textual/video review and that’s it :D Now you and people from TGWTG firstmake video, then they make some off-screen viseos, videologs, commentary about the commentary .. come on
I never heard of both Let Me In and the swedish version, Let the Right One In.. but I kinda agree to Spoony’s point about how scary the story is if you think of it that way. >=)
I miss the v-logs bring more , but screw the wrestling rant , ok? wrestling is boring and sad when you see John Cena as the champ, and Randy Orton as one of the best fighthers in ww? Fuck wwe, fuck wrestling , it’s just a waste of time in my oppinion :D. Anyway really interested in watching this movie m definlt excited:D
I think it’s more a coming of age movie, where a boy that gets teased a lot for being different and is becoming violent because of it, meets this predator creature that likes him just for who he is and is becoming. Thus knowing what she is, he still really likes her. Because she is the only one that doesn’t turn away from him. So basically society made it easier for the monster to make him a monster.
And when Twilight first hit I was promoting this movie to everyone I knew telling them to watch this one if they wanted to see a real vampire movie.
Will have to look out for the Let Me In movie before I state which one is better :) Although I must say the first movie gave the message well enough that this was a cycle that would keep repeating itself without having to hammer it home.
Yeah, I’m right there with you. Particularly when people call LTROI a rip-off when, in fact, not only did the Swedish movie come out before the first Twishite movie, but the book came out before the first Twishite book.
Also, well, like I said in my earlier comment, the first movie didn’t exactly give the message as make it vague enough to allow people to take it that way if they haven’t read the book. Which is fine, the book and the movie can be taken as two different stories, but really, I haven’t met a person who’s read the book that sees Eli as a villain in the movie. Which, I think, is why I’m so wary about the remake, since I’ve constantly heard that Matt Reeves is remaking the original movie, as opposed to making another take on the book, which is what he SAID he was doing.
But, I’ve also heard that you only get the “this is a cycle” thing from one scene (the scene that Spoony mentioned where Owen looks at the photos in Abby’s apartment and sees her “caretaker” as a young boy with her), so personally, I’m just gonna gloss over that because to me, it makes absolutely no sense and completely detracts from the book, which suceeded in the incredibly difficult task of making the relationship between the two kids incredibly sweet, yet still make the book itself very, VERY twisted.
My roomie loved the original novel. As a result, he hated this film. Go figure. -:/
Okay, okay, this will be my last Twilight rant ever. Probably. Most likely. Hopefully. … Maybe… anyway, *ahem*:
Stephanie Meyer raped the vampire genre.
It just had to be said. And no, I don’t mean in the “Urgh, her writing was so pathetically bad it ruined the book…” No, no, I mean she VIOLATED AN ENTIRE GENRE! She took a gothic romance sub-type and violated it, turning it into something cheap and trashy that demeans all literature for teenagers, taints and destroys any public perception of the genre itself, and puts forth a sexist, child-like POV that celebrates self-pity, revels in shallow character, and deifies purple prose.
And having a younger sister in that targeted adolescent age-group and having her choosing to read that crap over anything else makes me want to kill things…
If a blitz serial killer turns up somewhere in Australia in the upcoming months with the m.o. of beating people to death with large rectangular objects, odds are it’ll be me.
When I was in the Army we practiced surviving roll overs in a humvee by putting us in a humvee attached to a machine that would spin the whole vehicle over. No reason someone couldn’t do something with a car.
Get back to reviewing again, dude.
Thanks for the review Spoony One! I saw the original and just assumed the remake was just gonna be a dumbed down, CGI, 3D shit fest.
I’m also happy to see I’m not the only one who caught on with the whole “cycle” thing. Can’t help but laugh at (and be frighted of) the people who thought this was a romantic movie. It’s like as plain as day! The monster is basically seducing this kid to be her Cabana Boy to go and murder people so she can eat. Using feminine wiles to get what she wants. I can’t believe people don’t catch on to this!
Gotta disagree, while her manipulative nature may have played a part, one needs to understand that, like the author of the original novel said (I believe, may have been the director) Abby is NOT a 300-year old in a 12-year old’s body, she’s a 12-year old that’s lived for 300 years. You can tell from her emotions that she cares for both Owen and the protector. You can tell during the scene where she visits him in the hospital. She was hurt when he died, so she went to the only other friend she had. The original novel was intended to focus on the themes of young-love, and wasn’t intended to be traditional vampire lore.
Precisely, she doesn’t have the will or the capacity to manipulate someone like that, she’s only 12 years old, and it’s left pretty clear in the movie that she hates killing people. If we focus on the novel, there’s a conversation between Eli and Hakan were she, out of desperation, awkwardly tries to manipulate him in to killing for her, but fails at it because she doesn’t knows how; she knows she could, but doesn’t know how to pull it of.
And referring to the “cycle” thing, my parents got it…from the Sweden version, where is more ambiguous and not explicitly pointed out, and they are very casual and oblivious movie goers.
And it makes more sense the approach of the Sweden film. It suggested it sure, but if you really give it some thought the existence of a cycle doesn’t makes any sense. Think about it: she need a few liters of blood at least once a week (give or take, that’s what i got from the novel) to survive, it was hard enough for Hakan to get that amount of blood and he was a fully grown men, imagine the problems Oskar will have if he even tries, he could barely defend himself from some bullies, let alone kill a man. Sure she could find the “food” herself for a while waiting for Oskar to grow and become more strong, but that will take too long, and if she’s physically, and more importantly mentally capable of doing it herself; why bothering with Oskar?. In the novel there’s no hint whatsoever of this cycle.
And that’s what makes the Sweden film better, at least in the cycle aspect; you know Eli’s a monster; she kills people, letting her in will sure end in certain doom; except for Oskar. You know this relationship can’t be any good, you are always bewaring of Eli even unconsciously because she could hurt Oskar at any time and the whole thing between them could be an act. This carries to the very end of the movie and beyond. But as I said above, she’s not playing with him, she really cares and is willing to go out of her way to protect him; she does loves him, and that’s what make the story great; throughout the whole story we are being exposed to the darkest sides of the human behavior, and after a while we expect everyone to be a bad and hurtful person, even more the vampire, but at the end she turns out to be the better “person” in the story, it is a love story after all, even if everything says otherwise.
Thanks for the review, Spoony. I normally avoid these American remakes like the plague, even if I haven’t seen the original, but I decided to take your advice. I went out and saw it with my girlfriend last night (Good thing we did, it’s already down to 2 showings a day where I live), and we both loved it. Great performances, excellent direction, music cinematography. All around, one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen.
I do have to disagree with your assessment of Abby’s character, though. I think she genuinely does care for Owen and her previous “companion,” and she does seem to feel some guilty about what she makes them do, and what happens, but taking these boys is the only way she knows how to survive, and her feelings of guilt are outweighed by her survival instinct. She tries to embrace her humanity, and the affection that people offer her, but her bestial nature always wins out. Likewise, I think it’s clear that Owen understands what she does (his reaction to seeing the photos of her and her caregiver is pretty clear, and if he doesn’t understand it fully then, he certainly grasps the situation later on), but he has the opposite reaction to the situation from Abby; his emotions (love, loyalty, a need for acceptance) overrule his understanding of the kind of life she’s bringing him into. It’s horrible, but it’s also tragic; somewhere, they understand that this relationship will destroy them both, but they can’t help themselves. For once, a movie that references Romeo and Juliet actually gets it right!
Gotta say, though, I’ll never be able to look at a Now and Later quite the same way again…
It’s kinda funny to see you americans trying to say things about the novel and the original movie that you obviously don’t know squat about, I’ll just have to start off saying that. Now enough of that spiteful attitude from me!
Alright, first off, I am a Swede. I’ve lived in Sweden since birth. I read the novel before I went to see the swedish movie, but the american remake hasn’t been released over here (don’t really know if it’s going to be released at all even). So now you know what kind of perspective I have on this whole thing.
Right off the bat, the novel (and other novels by the same author, John Ajvide Lindqvist) was and still are revolutionary regarding swedish horror novels. Nothing has ever been written like this in our country before, and that is something more special. He is indeed an amazing author and he really knows how to pull you in and make your mind unconsciously show you the gruesome images he creates. I really hope his work spreads out as much as possible. I can’t speak for the quality of the translation in the books but they are nevertheless great stories. I highly recommend you all to get a copy by the way!
I really didn’t like the swedish movie. I know John wrote the screenplay, but it’s just not right. And I mean, But I mean, how can I complain about it when I’m still a huge fan of his? It’s kind of a dilemma for me. But here’s what I didn’t like.
The cinematography. Now I know the style this movie is shot in is really something that non-swedish people easily agree with, but over here the “post card scenery” style of shooting (camera on tripod filming the exact same location where little is happening for a very long time) is reeeeaaaally played out. It’s nothing short of pretentious nowadays, and I didn’t want the movie to try and be so artsy because it really doesn’t fit with the mood the book creates.
Make no mistake Spoony and others, this movie had a huge budget set for it. Especially since the national success of the book. And I have no idea where all that money went because it DOESN’T SHOW. It’s not eerie and quiet all the time because they couldn’t afford music, they just didn’t want it there. Sometimes it helps in creating a much more intense feeling, even a musician must learn that silence is a powerful tool in any composition, but it drags on for way too long. Also, the movie doesn’t really have a star cast either so where the money went is really a mystery for me!
The word I’m searching for in this regard is underwhelming. That’s what the movie was. Even the murder scenes. Obviously, the movie isn’t bad and that’s not what I’m saying. And one huge reason to this is that they cut huge parts of the book out, for example Oscar’s non biological “big brother” character. I think his name was Tomas but I can’t say for sure. Anyway, he made several crucial appearances in the book, not to mention the final scene (NO SPOILERS DON’T WORRY) in which events occurred that I, when I read it, really wanted to see on screen.
It’s this part, what’s been left out and changed from the book, that bugs me the most. I can talk all day and all night about it. Of course some things gets cut out and changed when going from book to movie, but the flow of the story should NOT differ this much from the original novel, especially not when the author seemingly composed the screenplay. I would so really love to spoil it all for everyone to support this claim, but it wouldn’t be very nice of me. Instead, I still insist, get the book! It’s much better than the swedish movie at least. And since the remake has is based the swedish movie I really don’t think the missing parts have been added in. I can safely say that when reading the novel, every single character you’ve seen (and not seen *grrr*) will be put in a totally different light. It’s THAT much that has been left out.
To summarize, I could have loved this movie. Hell I could’ve even gotten over the fact that it’s pretentious as all hell, had it just followed the book. Right now it feels like someone just told the director the whole story, with a good sense for details, but still missed out on several huge key points. And of course this doesn’t make sense, since the original author wrote the screenplay, so I’m extremely torn on that matter.
To summarize even harder:
Book: OMG LOVE BURY ME WITH THIS
Swedish movie: siiigh, disappointment.
American remake: ???
I thought maybe i could tell you about what the story is “about” in the book:
The title “let the right one in” is very appropriate, changing the name changes the whole story.
Most of the book is about everyone else other than oskar, and it’s all of these stories based around this extraordinary event.
And essentially what the book is “about” is summed up in the line “Let the wrong one in and they will scar you for life”.
It is about people accepting people into their lives and what happens when they push people out. And Eli in the book is very openly demonstrated to be A)not in love with the old man, and B) very very lonely.
It makes me sad to hear that she is portrayed very manipulative this way.
Okay the first thing I want to say is, READ THE NOVEL!!!
Thats really inportant if you want to understand the TRUE meaning behind the movie.
I am swedish and I live in Sweden and I really got to say that Let the Right One In is the best book I’ve ever read. I don’t know how many times I have read it and I never get tired of the story.
But some of you, who haven’t read the novel don’t actulley know that these things, these murders in the book actulley have happend. Well, this thing about the vampires are obviosly not true but the murders are.
Everything that have happend in the book are based from the author, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s childhood. In the swedish verison everything is in a place in sweden called Blackeberg, and when he grew up there, alot of murders actulley happend.
But the most inportant is that John Ajvide Lindqvist actulley said that this was a VAMPIRE ROMANCE, and that it was about Eli(Abby) finally getting a friend and that Oskar(Owen) didn’t have anyone to be with and that Eli actulley liked and wanted to protect Oskar.
(SPOILER)And another inportant thing that they didn’t say in the movie(s), Eli is actulley a boy. His full name is Elias.
But it’s also just not about blood and gore, sure it is there but that isn’t really inportant for John, the most inportant is about pepole. Humans that are forced to face the Other. Things that aren’t supposed to exist, like Eli. Vampires.
“Our reality are fragile, isn it? We walk around outside in the beautiful weather, do our homeworks, and plan on what kind of wood we should use for the new terrace. And concurrently… Concurrently… It’s just a thin layer that separate from the fall, the monsters, the darkness that blinds us in the light. The Other. What happens when we let it come in? What do we do?”
- John Ajvide Lindquist, the author for Let Me In.
Im going to see this movie @ the Scandinavian Film Festival here in Argentina on 10/25.Sounds like a good movie.
I had the same reaction to the ending that you mentioned. At first I thought it was sweet that they got together but then the more I thought about it I saw it wasn’t a good thing, though going by the early scene where Owen was wearing a mask and holding a knife up to his reflection in the mirror it looked like he was probably going to be fucked up when he got older. Meeting Abby just accelerated his transformation from slightly weird kid to future serial killer.
In Let the right one in, and the book I believe, it is ambiguous as to whether or not Eli is grooming Oskar to be Hakins replacement.
Not in the book. In the book, Eli clearly DOES care about Oskar. In the movie, they don’t say anything one way or another, so it can be taken either way.
This is worrying! Spoony! You made no mention that this movie marks the return of the Hammer House of Horror! The movies that brought you Christopher Lee as Dracula and will bring him to you again in The Resident. Christopher Lee is officially returning to horror! This is a big deal people!!!
Man, they’re making Eli into a manipulative monster in the American version? I was looking forward to seeing a foreign film (that’s, not a Swedish film) do a take on the book, but remaking the movie and then missing the point? That kind of sucks. Still going to watch it, but this really dampened my enthusiasm.
Spoony, it’s SYMBOLISM!!!! Get it right
Good review, enjoyed the original and looking forward to this one.
But…The Ring…better than…Ringu? Come on man, that was an awful, inferior remake. The Grudge, yes, you could say the remake is better than the Japanese version in that you can actually follow it but The Ring was such a pedestrian attempt at adapting a genuinely creepy story: Naomi Watts was way too giddy, the script was a joke and everything was just so slick. Ringu was gloomier, grittier and was all the better for it IMO. As for the tape, they’re both fine. Horses aren’t scary though…
But back to Let Me In, I wonder if they remade the cat attack scene because that was awesome. And hilarious.
I’ve never read the book or seen the Swedish version, but I saw it last night and was impressed. Thanks for posting the positive review.
I dunno. Even though she comes off as cold and calculating, I think there’s a bit of quid pro quo going on. I think she genuine loves her keepers and I get the sense that Owen knows that somehow as well. I don’t feel bad that he’s doomed to be her keeper, I think he’ll be happy doing it even if the relationship may have been based off of some less than honest intentions. He was a bit deranged from the start and so they’re a good match. It’s more of a grey area I’d say. I wish them the best =)
-Nate (Hong Kong)
Remakes of originals are poor and you are not a critic sir, you liked Paranormal 1 and 2, they were and are average to say the least and not because the viewer dislikes pov, but because they are nonsense. Cheap cashing is does not translate into cinematic surprise. Inglorious Bastards? What the hell are you doing you twat.
I really hope you are a troll because that was a disgustingly snobbish comment.
here is an interesting tidbit [NOTE: In the novel, Eli was born male and castrated at age 12 by the vampire that turned him.
mmm. Very interesting, the movie has liturally just been released here and its great to have a website to give me a thorough review before i go and see any movie. Keep up the good work spoony and thanks to everyone who add comments on these pages. With them they can usually add greater depth to the review with the exception of idiots adding nothing but venom to these pages. When you watch a review, you are getting someones opinions so quit getting pissed. Disagree if you want but there is never a need to insult someone just because you dislike the opinion they give.
I’ll stop ranting now…
Wow, being a film snob sounds cool! How much pro-wrestling do I need to watch to become one?
I disagree with your analysis, Spoony. I haven’t seen Let Me In, so maybe they changed things, but the ending is left open to interpretation. From what I’ve heard of the book, the view that Eli (Abby, whatever) feels differently about Oscar than she did about her previous caretakers is supported. In the novel, she was initially going to kill Oscar and feed on him, and then he said something touching that made her hesitate. Also, she’d never really had anything between her and the old man like she did with Oscar. That was almost purely a mutually beneficial deal because he was a pedophile and she was an eternally young girl (boy, thing, whatever)–she never let him do anything, but he was still able to get his kicks by being around her. Yeah, there is a possibility that she’s just using Oscar, but it isn’t anything as definite as you’re making it out to be.
Wow glad to see someone who agrees with me on let me in and Ring. I was bored to tears watching RingU mainly cause it’s a toned down version of the American film. Not just the tape the acting and everything else. I’m well aware Let me in is very close to the original. The kills in let me in I think were better when they weren’t seen.
Agreed !00% By far the best film i saw in 2010 ..then Went and got the Swedish version and was just as good as the remake …spot on review
you liked it with the bad subs? its better to watch without!
its less subtle – so you like it more? the beginning scene is just there for action opening.
the father is GONE, the mum is a religious fanatic, the new vampire’s death is rushed, the secondary characters aren’t as well presented and the new vampire thing is badly done, the cop character sucks. Its the same movie with missing scenes. Its good …except for the bits it lacks.
only better scene is the car killing bit
Spoony, you couldn’t be more right about Chloe Grace Moretz having an amazing career ahead of her. She has finished working on the new Martin Scorcese film, Hugo Cabret, she is currently filming her first film where she is the lead actress, Hick, and she is about to start working on the new Tim Burton film, Dark Shadows. Plus, unlike other child actresses, she is firmly grounded in reality, acts her age off the set (look at her twitter account and interviews with Empire Magazine if you don’t believe me) and has constant family support (her brother is her acting coach and her mum reads all the scripts first)
I also over all preferred a lot of aspects of Let Me In over Let The Right One In. I think unlike most people, I read the novel they’re both based on before seeing either, so I was coming at them in terms of adaptations. Even though it was written by the author of the book, the Swedish version took out a lot of what made the original story so compelling. In particular, Eli in the movie was much colder and more inhuman than her book counterpart, so I was glad to see that Let Me In restored a lot of this. Ironically, a lot of fans of LTROI criticized LMI for “toning down” Abby, apparently not aware that the Swedish version is the less faithful adaptation.
That said, the original movie did excel in two areas: cinematography and the amazing soundtrack. The score of LMI didn’t hold a candle the haunting, ethereal music from the original.
I do not agree with you on that, I prefer the swedish version. Then again I’m swedish so I have no problem understanding the swedish version but still. Some parts of the dialogs are directly translated from the swedish version… What is the point of making a new version? Because of the bad subtitles? Come on! >_< :P (…I can't wait for the american version of "Men who hates women" or the american title "The girl with the dragon tatoo")
Love your videos btw! :D
i have a niece named anica from pipi longstocking, i know it’s not spelled the same but yeah
Methinks Spoony has been spending too much time as Dr. Insano if he’s seeing evil plans in a sweet, touching film like this one.
Spoony, if you liked the psychological layers and twisted horror elements of this story, I would definitely recommend that you pick up the book. I took an honors philosophy class in university that used this as a primary text.
The book goes into much more detail on the back stories and motivations of these characters, as well as the nature of vampirism in this universe. We spend a lot more time with the woman who gets turned into a vampire before she sets herself on fire, we learn what lead her to commit suicide, and why Eli doesn’t commit suicide but kills her victims before they can become creatures like her.
We spend more time with both Oskar and the old man, and I won’t spoil anything I’ll just say that while Eli is still manipulating them both we can see that she mostly used their own darkness to her advantage; creating a dark but symbiotic relationship rather than totally corrupting and dominating them. You could argue that their descent is as much about them as their chance encounter with Eli, and that the human characters are just as trapped by their natures as the vampire.
Hi, I am a swede as well, I really liked the book and felt okay about the swedish movie. The book is much darker, and still much sweeter. It is the story about a 12 year old boy turned vampire. Cursed to be forever in the mind of a 12 year old. She gets a pedophile to help her get blood, and he stays with her because the rest of society has shunned him. Then Eli meets Oskar and feels love for the first time, and after all’s gone to hell they elope.
Am I the only one who is missing all the scenes with the horrible half zombie, half ruined vampire-thing that Håkan becomes? That (in the book) is frickin’ scary! :D
“168 elefanter promenerade …. thud…. på en liten liten spindeltrååå åååd … thud” :P
I don’t think you got the point of this film. The real horror of this film was that Owen’s life was so miserable beforehand that Abby -a vampire- is the first person who shows Owen any sort of kindness or pays attention to him. Abby never manipulated Owen or was breeding him as a replacement. A master plan? She was planning on the bullies almost drowning Owen and her getting there just in time? If she’d wanted Owen to come along as her next caretaker, she would’ve taken her with him when she left after killing the policeman. By that time, Owen was already devoted to her and all it would’ve taken was a word from her and Owen would’ve been hers to command.
Instead she left. And Owen DID realize the implications when he saw the old photos. As I said, I don’t think you’ve gotten the point of the film. BTW, I suggest you listen to the audio commentary on the DVD. Matt Reeves, the director, clearly says that Abby is not some ancient mastermind in a child’s body. She is -and always will be- around 12 or 13 in her mindset.
Instead, she MASSACRES four kids to save him. Think about it. She could’ve killed them all quickly and easily in about five seconds. Instead, she literally RIPS them apart. That was an act of passion. As well, you could see from her face in earlier scenes that she clearly likes Owen. (There’s a scene in the arcade, when Owen is playing Ms. Pac-Man, Abby looks at him when Owen doesn’t see her and she smiles. She’s clearly enjoying herself and likes being with him.)
Have you ever read the Epilogue done by John Alvide Lindqvist -the author of the original book? He shows there what REALLY happens afterward. Put simply, Abby turns Owen into a vampire so they can always be together.
Of course, that can be considered a dark ending as well, since Owen will now be forced to feed on blood through time the way Abby does. However, Abby was never manipulating him. Even if she wanted him as a caretaker, he would clearly now be FAR too hot -after the pool massacre- for him be that.
I just saw “Let Me In” and I’ll have to agree that at no point in the movie does it seem as if Abby manipulates Owen into being the next caretaker.
Abby seems more like a tragic outcast with a terrible burden to carry, a burden she doesn’t want to carry alone. In my opinion she’s not motivated by evil bloodlust but the need for companionship. Of course this doesn’t make Owen’s fate any less tragic, but it’s his choice.
And even though I can’t agree with Spoony on this issue, I still want to say Thank You for the review. Without it, I most likely never would have watched this movie in the first place.
Thanks for replying. Not only do I not see her never manipulating Owen into being a caretaker, I don’t foresee Owen becoming a caretaker at all.
I think that Abby is tired of always being alone. She wants Owen to be with her…forever. And, as you said, I think in leaving he’s made his choice and is prepared for her to turn him. A tragic fate perhaps, but not as tragic as either of them having to continue their unhappy lives alone.
I took the final scene as a prelude to Owen’s fate. He’s looking out at the sunrise because he knows that soon he’ll never be able to see one again.
Here’s a metaphor for your explanation of what the vampire is doing to the kid; psychological cloud? It is unnoticed but affects your day, an unreacheable and uncomprehensible overlay, done by a higher power (the religious people would love that XD)