Kid Vampires vs. Morons

“You might want to ask your readers about audience reactions to Let Me In starting today,” says HE reader Christian Hamaker. “I saw it last night with a large contingent of press, but also a sizable audience of regular moviegoers. And the reactions to this film were perplexing.

“People simply don’t know how to respond to a vampire movie that doesn’t deliver traditional scares. They tittered with expectation that a Big Scare was about to come, and laughed at some of the early relationship between the two young principal characters — both somewhat understandable in the earlygoing. But at some point, they were laughing too hard, presumably, I’m guessing, they simply don’t know how to respond to a movie that doesn’t offer up Freddy Krueger-ish boo-scares.

“At one point, a frustrated critic behind me shouted to the other audience members, ‘Shut the f*%k up!’ I think he spoke for several of us who appreciated the movie’s artistry.”

Note: The “moron” screening technically happened in Maryland, just over the border from Washington, D.C., but it was held for Washington, D.C., or D.C.-area media.

21 thoughts on “Kid Vampires vs. Morons

  1. lbeale on said:

    Why am I not surprised? I have a friend totally into ‘Resident Evil’ and vampire flicks. He didn’t even know what ‘Let the Right One In’ was. You’re dealing with the unwashed masses and an art film. Art film loses every time.

  2. While it’s unfortunate that most people haven’t yet learned the “don’t trust trailers” thing, the fact is the trailers are selling it as “aw, hey there cute little girl OMIGODITSAVAMPIREAAAARRRGGGHHH!!!!!” It’s not too surprising that they’re expecting a different movie.

  3. i saw the original and it was good, there were some scary moments to..why did they even bother redoing this, and this chick doesnt look scary either, just gloomy.

  4. I saw the original and there were plenty of scares. The murders, the woman being attacked by cats, the realistic portrayal of violence by the bullies. Was the remake watered down? Too bad. I don’t intend to see it as nothing can match the original in my mind.

  5. Wells to YRG: Again — reading skills! 85% of the reviewers are saying it’s either (a) just as good as the original or (b) better. Noobdy has mentioned anything about watering anything down. Honestly — it helps if you read up a bit before commenting here.

  6. The AV Club gave this a B-, mainly because they claim two key scenes were watered down from the original. Oh, and they seemed to knock points off because they are personally disgusted by the whole “American remake” concept.

    Now I’m confused – having never seen the original (I wanted to, but I hate watching films alone), I figured it would be perfectly acceptable to drag some friends to this one. I don’t mind reading subtitles, and yet it CAN take away from losing yourself in the fantasy world of a movie. So which version should I see??

  7. mizerock – they are both equally good movies. If you want to see this story in a theater with actors you recognize and enjoy, go see Let Me In. If you want to see the film on your couch, either with subtitles or (shudder) a dubbed English track, rent Let the Right One In.

    As for Well’s original thoughts, I have no problem with good, artier movies tricking people into seeing them by cutting trailers that look more mainstream (think The Last Exorcism). Many challenging movie concepts are turned-down not because of the movies themselves, but because of the marketing challenges they present. Every time an artier movie scores a solid opening weekend, it gets that much easier to green-light the next would-be marketing challenge. If it’s a good movie, do whatever you have to do to get them in on opening weekend.

    Besides, many moviegoers are apparently so dumb that even when a subversive movie puts out a completely honest trailer (IE – Observe and Report), they still are shocked when said movie turns out to be a challenging piece of cinema.

  8. There’s hardly a movie out there that I have less interest in seeing than this one. I’ve seen the original several times and thought it was a flat out masterpiece.

    First of all, there’s NO WAY that this remake approaches its artistry and beauty and secondly, on general principle I never bother with remakes (most specifically these cash-grabs made a couple of years later, i.e. The Ring. They may be alright films, but I just can’t for the life of me muster any enthusiasm).

    Still, glad to hear that it’s a competent film made with integrity and that critics are enjoying it (if not the unwashed masses). I’ll stick with the original myself.

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