Tuesday 15 March 2011

Let Me In

Bought the newly released DVD of Let Me In yesterday, which I watched for the first time last night. The earlier version, Let The Right One In is one of my favourite vampire movies, confounding the modern tendency for user-friendly vampires TV and films seem to have been innundated with since Interview With The Vampire.

Despite the usual qualms one has about American remakes of brilliant European movies (putting aside the Hammer connection), I was pleasantly surprised to see just how good a job was made of this. The casting was impeccable and the acting first rate. There were differences between this and the original movie, but nothing that seemed to cheapen it. It had an air of realism, intelligence and sincerity about it that lifted it far above most horror movies. It was refreshingly free of any obvious CGI and was certainly not reliant on any ridiculous special effects. If this is an indication of the calibre of productions the new Hammer Films is capable of bringing out, that bodes well for the future. At the end of this month, another Hammer Film comes out on DVD, Wake Wood, with Timothy Spall. I'm looking forward to that!

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