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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN If you’re looking for a vampire movie to help wipe away the embarrassing display of inanity that came with last year’s Twilight, look no further. This bizarre Swedish horror tale of love and revenge ranked #6 on my top ten favorite films of 2008, and I’m clearly not the only one who believes it’s deserving of such praise. It may not be the first film to offer its own unique twist on the vampire genre, but it’s easily one of the best, providing an intimate and compelling study of its two young characters while always making sure the heart-stopping moments are never too far away. Rest assured, there are scenes in this movie that will stick with you for weeks to come. Blu-ray? Yes. Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette, and a poster gallery.
Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 by David Chen
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam lament the removal of Stephen Chow from The Green Hornet, discuss whether or not a Schwarzenneger cameo would be a good idea for Terminator Salvation, and evaluate the early movie careers of Seth Gordon and Frank Miller. Special guests Erik Davis and William Goss join us from Cinematical.
The International Watch List is just like The Black List but instead of unproduced screenplays, over fifty US film executives and their assistants vote on their favorite foreign-released films released in 2008. Thanks to QuietEarth, we have the full list below. I haven’t seen all of the selections (or the majority for that matter), but the ones I can personally attest for include: Let The Right One In, JCVD, Kisses, The Good The Bad and the Weird, Sleep Dealer, Treevenge, and I Love Sarah Jane (which you can watch here). I absolutely hated Hunger, but I seem like one of only a few that has had such feelings. Check out the full list below. I’ve already added a bunch of them to my Netflix queue.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Tomas Alfredson Cinetic Media / Christina Bazdekis Oskar, a fragile 12-year-old boy, is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boy’s wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli, also 12, who moves in next door to him with her father. A pale, serious young girl, she only comes out at night and doesn’t seem affected by the freezing temperatures.
MARTYRS Pascal Laugier ICM / Nathan Ross & Robert Lazar Young Lucie is found half-naked, filthy, starving and nearly catatonic, unable to describe the horrors she has endured. Hospitalized, she learns to function once again with the help of Anna, another young victim of terrible abuse. The girls quickly develop a strong bond, and though they try to protect each other, Lucie continues to be haunted by the specter of her violent past. Fifteen years later, with the help of Anna, Lucie sets out to wreak vengeance on the family she suspects of being the sadists responsible for her torture. Lucie’s violent acts set into motion a downward spiral of pain and despair for the two heroines.
BEFORE THE FALL F. Javier Gutiérrez Paradigm / Marc Helwig Life as we know it ends in three days. The leaders of the world have just announced that a comet is hurtling toward Earth. No one can stop it, and the object is so immense that there is no hope for any of us to survive. Unfolding against this terrifying backdrop is the story of a small family in a Spanish village, a simple group with a troubled history. A disturbed man from their past wants nothing more than to bring misery to the family, targeting the smallest, most vulnerable members of this clan. When he is released from prison—the impending global catastrophe has unleashed all kinds of chaos—the terror deepens. The world’s ending in three days? That may not seem like soon enough for one family.
GOMORRAH Matteo Garrone ICM / Jeff Berg & Nathan Ross Power, money and blood: these are the “values” that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the “System,” the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a “normal” life. Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and ostensibly invented world, but one that is deeply rooted in reality.
THE CHASER Hong-jin Na Information unavailable A serial killer is preying on call-girls from various escort agencies. In the midst of police indifference and incompetence, Jung-Ho, an ex-cop-turned-pimp must dust off his old flatfoot skills to find the killer and save the life of one of his girls who has gone missing.
As you know, Let the Right One In was one of our favorite movies this year. And you might also remember, the Swedish vampire coming of age adaptation is getting an American remake. MTV was able to talk with director Matt Reeves, who gave some details and reassurances about the project.
“I see the film as essentially being the fantasies of this 12 year old who’s having such a hard time. It would never be that overt where you would watch the movie and say that’s a dream but to me that is kind of an organizing principle,” Reeves told MTV. “I had such a personal reaction when I saw the movie and when I read the book. I felt like there was an opportunity to do something incredibly personal while still being in a genre arena.”
Sounds like an interesting take on the material to me. The personal nature of the film has been a big concern of fans of the original. It would be easy for Hollywood to go full out genre, and loose everything that makes the original so special. Reeves also reveals that the remake will be set in the early 1980’s in a snowy locale: “I’ve been thinking of Colorado, maybe Littleton.” Overture Films is shooting for a January 15th 2010 release, which is not so coincidentally – one day before the two year anniversary of Reeves’ Cloverfield.
Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 by David Chen
The /Filmcast Interview is a series of conversations with actors, directors, and other key figures from the entertainment industry. In this episode, David speaks with Tomas Alfredson, the director of Let the Right One In, about his film’s success, its aesthetic, and its reception at international film festivals. Let the Right One In will be in NY and LA starting Friday, October 22nd. CLICK HERE for a list of U.S. release date and locales. We’ll also be reviewing this film on the /Filmcast on Monday night.
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Rotten Tomatoes has a new trailer for Let The Right One In, the Swedish vampire coming of age film which is receiving a lot of buzz on the film festival circuit. The new trailer is red band, so you get an uncensored look at some of the bloodier moments in the film. the trailer is a bit misleading because the film is more of a relationship story than a horror film. But I also understand they need to hook the American horror audience in.
Watch the trailer in high resolution on RottenTomatoes.com . Let The Right One In hits theaters starting on Friday, October 24th 2008. Plot synopsis and release schedule after the jump.
In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by the Onion AV Club’s Amelie Gillette and together they tear apart the notion of a Blade Runner sequel, try to figure out if they trust James Cameron more than McG, and spend some time discussing the finer points of religion while reviewing Bill Maher’s Religulous.
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A couple weeks ago, I saw and fell in love with the swedish vampire film Let The Right One In, freaked out, and posted a raving mini-review along with the international trailer. Magnet has now released the American trailer, which you can watch below. LEt me stress again that while this film is technically a horror film, it certainly transcends the genre and is something much more. It’s a coming of age tale between two young children, one of which just happens to require blood to live.
Watch the trailer in High Definition on IGN.com. Let The Right One In hits theaters starting on Friday, October 24th 2008.
10/24/2008 West Hollywood, CA: Sunset 5 New York, NY: Angelika Film Center
11/7/2008 San Diego, CA: Hillcrest Cinemas
11/14/2008 San Francisco, CA: Embarcadero Center Cinema Chicago, IL: Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema Nashville, TN: Belcourt Theatre Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre
11/21/2008 Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
11/28/2008 Santa Fe, NM: The Screen
Official Plot Synopsis: A fragile, anxious boy, 12-year-old Oskar is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boy’s wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli, also 12, who moves in next door to him with her father. A pale, serious young girl, she only comes out at night and doesn’t seem affected by the freezing temperatures. Coinciding with Eli’s arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. One man is found tied to a tree, another frozen in the lake, a woman bitten in the neck. Blood seems to be the common denominator – and for an introverted boy like Oskar, who is fascinated by gruesome stories, it doesn’t take long before he figures out that Eli is a vampire. But by now a subtle romance has blossomed between Oskar and Eli, and she gives him the strength to fight back against his aggressors. Oskar becomes increasingly aware of the tragic, inhuman dimension of Eli’s plight, but cannot bring himself to forsake her. Frozen forever in a twelve-year-old’s body, with all the burgeoning feelings and confused emotions of a young adolescent, Eli knows that she can only continue to live if she keeps on moving. But when Oskar faces his darkest hour, Eli returns to defend him the only way she can… Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson weaves friendship, rejection and loyalty into a disturbing and darkly atmospheric, yet poetic and unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is based on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist.
The film is the inaugural release in Magnet’s “Six Shooter Film Series,” a series of six films highlighting the vanguard of genre cinema from around the globe. Five films will follow over the coming months: Nacho Vigalondo’s TIMECRIMES (Spain), Ollie Blackburn’s DONKEY PUNCH (UK), SPECIAL (US), BIG MAN JAPAN (Japan), and EDEN LOG (France).
If you’ve been following /Film, you’ve heard about a little Swedish coming of age vampire film which transcends the horror genre. Let The Right One In hits theaters next month, but a English-language remake is already in thew works with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves at the helm. Tomas Alfredson, director of the original Swedish adaptation, isn’t too happy:
“Remakes should be made of movies that aren’t very good, that gives you the chance to fix whatever has gone wrong,” Alfredson tells Moviezine. “I’m very proud of my movie and think it’s great, but the Americans might be of an other 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 vernissage!””
American audiences aren’t going to flock to a subtitled movie, so I understand the value of a English-language remake, as it could potentially expose millions upon millions of more people to a fantastic story they wouldn’t otherwise have experienced. I have a lot of faith in Matt Reeves, but at the same time, I’m concerned that an American adaptation will get everything I loved about the original Swedish film wrong. Alfredson’s film is subtle and Hollywood usually doesn’t get subtle right. But on the other hand, we’ll always have the original Swedish film on DVD…
Discuss: What is your opinion on English language remakes?