Let The Right One In Director Not Cool with Remake

Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In is a foreign genre film that has more buzz behind it than just about any other movie this year. The coming-of-age vampire story has earned rave review after rave review, and cleaned up at most of the festivals where it has played including Fantasia and Tribeca. It has also inspired an American remake by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves. You’d think Alfredson would be flattered by all the attention, however, he’s actually none too pleased about the upcoming remake.

In an interview with Swedish website MovieZine, he spoke out about the subject:

“Remakes should be made of movies that aren’t very good, that gives you the chance to fix whatever has gone wrong. I’m very proud of my movie and think it’s great, but the Americans might be of another opinion. The saddest thing for me would be to see that beautiful story made into something mainstream… I don’t like to whine, but of course – if you’d spent years on painting a picture, you’d hate to hear buzz about a copy even before your version. Why can’t you just read the subtitles?”

Well I’m sure that certainly sums up the feelings that many other people have on the subject as well. However, I wonder how he would feel if he was asked to direct the English-language remake himself, a trend that seems to be catching on with a lot of foreign remakes. Either way, with the amount of buzz surrounding the original right now, I don’t think he runs the risk of being overshadowed by Matt Reeves’ version. I’m looking forward to hopefully catching it at the Toronto After Dark Festival in a couple of weeks. It will also get a limited theatrical release in the U.S. starting October 24th. Check out the U.S. trailer for the film below.

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  • “Why can’t you just read the subtitles?”

    Because most Americans are ridiculous borderline-retarded cocksuckers. In my state I’ve heard people say “I don’t like reading” way too many goddamn times and they usually don’t even realize how stupid that sounds. Sure, there are some times when subs don’t matter and dubs are more fun (most kung-fu and anime)…but most of the time “you’re an idiot.”

    “I wonder how he would feel if he was asked to direct the English-language remake himself, a trend that seems to be catching on with a lot of foreign remakes.”

    I’d never want to retread old ground. Directors don’t have the time to fuck around with their careers (unlike actors who can be in fifty films) because most directors have only ten to twenty chances to make a film. I lose respect for these guys that piss around (especially that Haneke guy who did a shot for shot remake).

  • I’m not a horror fan, but that movie looks awesome.

  • Jessica

    I lost respect for that Haneke guy when I saw the original Funny Games but that’s a different story altogether… And I want to add to that list the dude who so shoddily remade his own movie The Vanishing (his name escapes me right now).
    I agree, it’s really messed up that they are remaking stuff sooner and sooner after the original is made. the worst is that they completely disregard everything that made the first movie good/great. No one complains about how these movies would benefit from more blood and gore, yet it seems like it’s the only reason they are made. It’s infuriating, really. I stopped seeing these stupid remakes a while ago because they have been nothing but a monumental waste of my time.

  • Alex Bruce

    Yeah, I agree wwith this director about making remakes. We shouldn’t remake a good movie just in ingorance of us Americans. If they want to c it so bad read the subtitled version like I did. I like the movie it was pretty good. I don’t like Americas remakes to foreign films. It takes the good out of them. Like the movie the eye. It was a good Japanese movie, but We ruined it making a remake. The americas versions arent as good.

  • Mason

    You don’t even have to read subtitles if you’re not into that. The DVD has and English dub track.

  • Donavon Bray

    This is the first time that news of a remake has almost broken my heart. I thought this movie was so beautiful, a monumental triumph over that “other” so called vampire romance movie…
    I hate Holywood and everything it stands for. You can’t improve on art. If you fix the mistakes, or the pacing of a story, you are taking away all the faults and nuances that make it it’s own.
    I will not be seeing this movie.

  • Winter Night

    Your average everyday American is NOT stupid. So whoever says they don’t like reading subtitles obviously has an extremely low IQ and a smaller than average brain missing a frontal lobe. No group of Americans tell these directors or request that an American remake be made. It’s Hollywood at its worst and chosen People who run Hollywood doing what they do best. These People who run Hollywood will stop at NOTHING to destroy America’s relationship with Europe. It’s quite obvious They are underestimating America’s intelligence and internationally renowned educational ability that the average American possesses(note the word “average”). Only ignorant people don’t like reading subtitles. You can also notice the differences between Hollywood made films and European made / European and American independent films. Why do you think the better films that are released today are “independent”?