By Daniel J. Hoag

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, Matt Reeves’ vampire film Let Me In is a remake of a 2008 Swedish film called Let the Right One In (which is an adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel of the same name).  Check out the first ever Haiku Review Remake Spotlight and see how these films compare, and which one is more worth your time.

Let Me In

This Yank take translates
while giving vamps their fangs back.
Bloody good horror.

Grade: A-

Let Me In is available on Blu-ray and DVD today.

Let the Right One In

Underneath their skins
(blood hunger rage fear lust need)
simmer sicknesses

Grade: A

Let the Right One In is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

The winner: Let the Right One In.  It’s one of the best horror films of the last decade and it manages to capture a stronger subtextual darkness than its successor.  That being said, Let Me In is an excellent translation, and disproves the concept that all American remakes of foreign films have to suck.  Let them both in.