I’ll begin by saying that I am not here to burn “Twilight.” I respect its ability to entertain and how die hard all the fans are. I am simply offering my opinion.
A new trailer was just released for an American remake of one of my favorite foreign films of all time, “Let the Right One In.” With a new title, “Let Me In,” and talents such as Matt Reeves as director and Michael Giacchino scoring (who just won an Oscar for “UP”), I think the remake of this film could be something special. The original film was an adaptation of a vampire novel, similar to the teenage phenomenon “Twilight.” The plot of both these novels is actually strangely similar. John Ajvide Lundqvist wrote his novel before Stephanie Meyer, though. Both follow a protagonist as he/she discovers the vampire identity of someone who has just moved into town and both fall in love with the vampire. The stories vary in age, but how could anyone think that “Let Me In” would do well in Hollywood after “Twilight” already conquered the genre?
I think what made the original film so impacting for me was the “truth” about it. I know vampires aren’t real, and I hope “Twilight” fans do, too. However, when the vampire first appeared on screen in “Nosferatu” in 1922, the audience gasped in fear, not in lust. Vampires are dangerous, sadistic, immortal creatures who keep their identities secret. “Let Me In” focuses on the danger of loving a vampire, the dark side of having to kill others to survive while also attempting to build relationships. The love story that is shared between the two protagonists has much more depth and mystery to it. “Twilight” seemed to just create a teenage drama, think up a random “conflict” about the main character (he’s a vampire, BUT he’s really nice and HOT). Just look at the difference in posters. In “Let Me In,” the two characters are holding hands in the distance, keeping their interest in each other secret. The setting is wintery and soft, making the impact of a vampire death so much greater. In “Twilight,” you see two very large, pretty faces taking over 75% of the poster, their faces clearly indicating that they share a mutual interest.
This is the difference between these two vampire movies: one is a vampire movie with real human emotion present in an immortal being and the other is a convoluted teen love story about a sexy vampire. Two opposite stories, two different audiences. For me, subtlety over sexy is much more affecting.