I’m not here to knock the U.S. adaptation/remake/whatever of the wonderful vampire flick Let the Right One In. The clips I’ve seen have looked fantastic, and the buzz around the movie has been great. I just wanted to show the American marketing machine in action, trying desperately to turn this weird, moody, uncomfortable film into something resembling a normal Hollywood horror flick. Overwrought narration? Check. Every shot of people moving quickly in the film? Check. Ignoring the bizarre relationship at the heart of the film to play up the erroneous idea of vampire Chloe Moretz on some kind of rampage? Check. It’s a good thing all those other bits came out first, because I imagine we’d all be furious if this was our first look from Let Me In. (Via First Showing)
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