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.