The Canon 40 | 8/31/15
Let the Right One In vs. Let Me In
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Devin & Amy take their versus series to another level as they debate the age old question: Is the remake better than the original? This week they discuss the differences between 2008’s Swedish romantic horror film Let the Right One and 2010’s American remake Let Me In. Which will be entered into the canon as one of the greatest vampire films of all time? Tune into hear Devin & Amy defend their favorite version -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!


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smrtalec
smrtalec
29 posts

Amy put up a good fight but we all know which is the RIGHT film to get IN to the Canon.

xianparrish
xianparrish
9 posts

Let Me In! I'm only halfway through the podcast, but there's no need to continue. Reeve's film is a bit scarier and more up tempo. I love them both, but I choose the local favorite. Oh, I will finish the episode... cause I love you guys.

suth35
suth35
1 posts

This was an interesting one! Both films I really enjoy but Id actually vote for Let Me In. The simplifications actually help elevate the emotional beats for me and make it more satisfying overall. Tough call when you factor in how much it borrows from the original though - its like a more polished second draft of a work thats already good.

zampan0
zampan0
1 posts

I agree with Amy that the phasing out of Håkan (the vampire's original caretaker) is a huge tragedy, but I still enjoy the fact that we're introduced to Oskar before him in the original film.
I think the fact that Håkan doesn't get enough credit via screen time is an effective parallel to the same tragedy he represents, which is (very generally) that he's getting screwed after all he's done for the girl/vampire. I believe being allowed as an audience member to recognize this tragedy without being subjected to more overt cinematic tactics (such as opening on Håkan) is more rewarding because
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<li>When you recognize Håkan's tragedy it feels a bit more personal because your conscience had to work harder (even if just a little bit) to see it</li>
<li>It allows us to see and appreciate omission from a film as an effective use of medium</li>
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kopiad
kopiad
1 posts

A bit late to the party......

I am a bit confused: did you get that the old man is not a pedofile? He has been with Eli for all his life. Oskar will now take his place and supply Eli with blood, and then he will be replaced etc etc. A continous loop, that we're watching.

100% Let the right one in.
I think Let me in is totaly pointless.