Tuesday, November 3, 2009

NEWS: Cast Joins Let The Right One In Remake...

As much as we all don’t want this film to be made, really, there is no stopping this freight train from the bowels of Hollywood Hell.

“Let Me In”, the American remake of the brilliant Swedish film, “Let The Right One In”, has officially started shooting, as principal photography began Monday in New Mexico, according to Overture Films’ press release regarding the film. The film, directed by Cloverfield helmer Matt Reeves, is a remake of the indie hit from 2008, which landed squarely on many critics top 10 list, including being right near that mark for yours truly. However, this recently birthed film really needed to have a late term abortion. That said, it didn’t so I guess it’s left up to The Playlist to let you in on a new update:

Talented character actor and familiar face Elias Koteas ("Zodiac") has been cast as the investigating police officer, but even film fans might have to Google the other additions: Cara Buono and Sasha Barrese. Buono's resume boasts a recurring part on "The Sopranos," and she'll play the boy's mother. Meanwhile Barrese was the (rightfully) panicky fiancée in summer sleeper "The Hangover," and here she takes on the role of Virginia, a part we're not even sure was in the original, outside of maybe a school teacher.

The cast, which previously included Kodi Smit-McPhee, who is getting great reviews out of his first major role in The Road, as well as Chloe Moretz, or Joseph Gordon Levitt’s smarmy little sister from 500 Days of Summer, as well as brilliant character actor Richard Jenkins. All in all, while I do think the cast is shaping up to be a rather solid gathering of actors, and it’s heartwarming to know that they are avoiding A-List talent in what really should be a low key production, but I can’t get over the fact that this film should not exist.

I know I say that a lot about remakes, but honestly, this film should. Not. Exist. Let The Right One In is one of the best films from last year, and easily the years most impressive and truly strong horror film, and no matter how strong the cast and crew is, there is no possible way that a film produced by a major Hollywood studio will have the same stark style that made the original so damn powerful. Honestly, I don’t know what scares American’s more. Pubic hair, gays, or subtitles. Take your pick, and you will freak out 99.9% of mainstream America. Sure, Cloverfield was a great time, if you are a fan of waiting in line at Universal Studios to get on a ride, but I highly doubt that Matt Reeves will dig into the same well of depth that Let The Right One In called home.

Enough with the venting, the film is going to get made, which is the ultimate sadness in this story.

Go see something good!

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