'Let Me In' Exclusive: 'Kick Ass' star Chloe Moretz gets uncomfortably close with Richard Jenkins

Let-Me-In-vampireImage Credit: Saeed AdyaniIn Let the Right One In — the great, spare Swedish vampire film from 2008 that you simply cannot talk to EW.com video guru Jason Averett about without him dissolving into a puddle of fanboy swooning — the relationship between young(ish) vampire Eli and Eli’s older-seeming male companion is left a bit ambiguous. Is he Eli’s father, uncle, brother, or something less…familial? In this exclusive clip from Let Me In — the U.S. version of Let the Right One In and John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel of the same name — it’s clear that the relationship between the young vampire (now named Abby, and played by Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz) and the older companion (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins) is perhaps slightly more specific than its Swedish counterpart.

How much more specific? Well, after the clip from the film (which is due in theaters Oct. 1), Jenkins and Moretz, along with writer-director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), address that very question (in a fashion) in my interview with them in July at Comic-Con. They also discuss the title change, talk that the U.S. version was going to Twilight-ize the tale, and whether the film shoot was at all scary for its two young stars. You can check them both out (along with a bonus clip of Jenkins doing a very bad deed, with a quick flash of NSFW language) after the jump.

I’m impressed by the film’s spare style, but what do you make of this look at Let Me In, PopWatchers?


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  • kevin

    The 2 clips from the movie make me want to see it (and i am one of the few who was underwhelmed with the swedish original).

    • jodipo

      not the only one though. I thought the original was very blah and way over hyped. I may catch the remake though after seeing the clips.

    • justjack

      Definitely not the only one who was underwhelmed by the original… I’m a big fan of foreign/indy stuff but this movie left me cold… and not just because of all the snow. ha.

    • Anderson

      I agree. I didn’t see the big deal with the original. I was very underwhelmed also.

  • avery

    anyone who has seen the original knows exactly what the richard jenkins charater is to the little vampire. i won’t spoil it but it’s kind of an interesting how it is reveled.

    • pb

      I agree with avery. There is no doubt in the original who/what the older male character is – and it is a searing revelation at that. Ambiguous my a$$.

      • Julia

        Yeah, I thought that, dispite they never really say who he is, we know who he is.

    • Linda L

      I agree with you. I thought it was obvious.

    • Jess

      Eh, not true. I saw the film (have not read the book though) and I still do not know what that relationship was all about. I loved the movie though.

    • googergieger

      You guys know he is a pedofile that is with Eli(Abbey) because Eli is a former boy that never ages and in exchange for blood, well…..he’s a pedofile?

      Oh no wait, you guys are talking about an interpretation a few people can get from watching the original, that wasn’t in the book. The interpretation Let Me In is pushing, because it’s a hollow remake that has less to do with the book than the original film did.

  • kp

    why did you guys post this so late? I hope people see how awesome this looks.

  • maiv

    Absolutely love the casting of Moretz and Jenkins, and will check out this film for them.

  • Andrea

    Actually, the original DID leave it ambiguous, as the interpretation most people here are probably referring to (and also the one they’re going with in this version) is NOT the actual backstory from the book. But all of the evidence from the Swedish film actually supports both interpretations just fine. So “ambiguous” is pretty accurate really.

    Also, this footage looks better than I expected (which was basically that this was going to be an MTV/Hollywoodified soulless remake ala “Death at a Funeral.”). Interesting.

  • Griffin

    I haven’t seen the Swedish version but I’ll looking forward to this one. Chloe Moretz is very talented.

    • UncleWalty

      see the Swedish version first, and then decide whether it should have ever been re-made. I’m a firm “no” on it, myself.

      • Valley Girl

        I thought the original was beautifully shot and have my misgivings about a U.S. remake. I’ll try to keep an open mind, though…

  • Andrew

    According to the book, this is how the little vampire see Oskar: “For a few seconds, Oskar saw through Eli’s eyes. And what he saw was … himself. Only much better, more handsome, stronger than what he thought of himself. Seen with love.”

  • Casey

    Hmm. It doesn’t look that bad. Granted, I haven’t seen the Swedish version, so I’m don’t really have anything to judge it against.

  • BJohnson

    All I have to tell anyone who wants to see this version, check out “Let the Right One In.” I just rewatched it on Netflix, such a great film. Definately no Twilight. Yes their connection is implied and never really answered but that’s one of the things that made me love the film is letting the audience figure things out without it being actually said.
    I’m going b/c I want to compare it, I know like most remakes taken from foreign films, it will not be as good as the original, but it will be interesting to watch.

  • Ryan

    I love that the scene in the car is accompanied by only the song playing in the background, and no theme music. Makes it a lot more scary and intense.

  • lynn

    the swedish version was very good but the book was awesome. i hope it doesnt become a watered down mess which is what we usually do to horror films from other countries we steal….i mean adapt.

  • Bibi

    Looks like they didn’t screw this one up at all. Good for them. I read the book and saw the Swedish movie and liked both. Look forward to viewing this one.

    • tipsy

      I read the book and saw the swedish movie too. This remake looks really good but they have top nitch cast so no wonder. Also, the director did a greta job with Cloverfield which was bogged down by its obnoxious cast more than naything else. But direction was good. These two clips are very promissing. I hope this surprised everyone.

  • Lala

    Wow, those Swedes must have some great PR people behind them cause remakes of their shitty movies are popping up everywhere. I already blamed them for giving the world ABBA, but my dislike for them seemes to be growing every minute now. I’m having a Swede overdose and that can never be good.

  • Brad

    I think it’s Jenkins who makes those scene sparkle. He gives the proper amount of angst of being unable to give Abby what he and she truly wants from each other. You never see the true effects of loving someone who literally can not age while the other does in day to day ways. People prefer Twilight because it re-instills the myth of youth.

  • The Jackal

    Enough with the vampires already.

    • Duncan Houst

      I don’t have a problem with vampires if they’re done right. I have a problem if it’s the sparkling in sunlight B.S.

    • Kelly

      Sorry, they are here to stay…and they never really went away anyway.

      • Eric

        The Vampire genre is great…that is when done right, just like anything else.
        People should stop confusing the Vampire genre as a whole with the fanatical Twilight following.
        The vampire genre has been popular for decades, and will continue to be…the 90’s had Buffy, Forever Night, Interview with the Vampire, Blade, Dusk Till Dawn, Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, John Carpenter’s Vampires, Cronos, Nadja, The Addition…etc, etc…nobody complained.
        The only difference now is that the Twilight movies have appealed to a large young female audience, a chunk of that audience which comes off as annoying and fanatical, who are really only interested in the casting of Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and could give a damn about vampires or the vampire genre.
        Anyway…I loved the original swedish Let the Right One In, and it looks like Let Me In will be a good adaptation of the story, so I’m looking forward to it.

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