I’ll try and keep this simple. Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist writes Let the right one in, a whopper of a vampire novel. This book is published in North America under the title Let me in. Then Tomas Alfredson, a Swedish director, makes an amazingly eerie foreign film (Swedish, of course) entitled Let the right one in. But wait, that’s not all! Hollywood gets wind that this movie is worthy of a remake, so they come out with the totally unnecessary but surprisingly great carbon copy Let me in. With me so far?
I will never understand why some people have a phobia for subtitles or movies where actors don’t speak (american) English. It’s not like it’s a lot of work to read words on the screen. But more importantly, why would anyone willingly choose to ignore so many outstanding films simply because they were not made in the good ol’ U.S.A. (or Canada for that matter)? I’m not trying to be a snob or an elitist here; I’m simply stating my total lack of understanding for this biased attitude towards any “alien” culture (sorry for the rant, but there it is).
Having said all that, I do recommend you see both movies (and that you also read the book!). Although both versions stay true to the original source material, each director offers a unique artistic interpretation of the desolate environment in which this grizzly tale takes place. And, as an added bonus, each movie features a truly spectacular cast (I am now Chloë Grace Moretz‘ number one fan).