Since it has been announced, Let Me In has been accused of being a Psycho-esque shot for shot remake, with the language and setting being the only notable changes. But based on the footage we saw, this is most certainly not the case. While the beats are the same, things play out completely differently. For example, we were treated to the scene of The Father (Richard Jenkins) botching a kill, but this time it takes place entirely in a car, resulting in a horrific (and breathtaking) car crash. And later on, Jenkins let a pretty significant spoiler slip, one that could drastically change the themes and dynamic of the story. Read on for what Jenkins had to say!
MAJOR SPOILER AHEAD!
During the roundtable interviews following the film’s Hall H presentation, Jenkins was asked if he prepared for the role by creating a backstory, as Chloe Moretz did for her vampire character Abby (which she came up with herself, and is pretty horrifying). Jenkins replied:
“For me its always on the page, that’s where it always starts. But I did think about what his life was like, what made him choose his life? How bad was his life at 12 years old?”
Jenkins then realized his goof and moved on, but it seems pretty obvious that unlike the novel and original film, “The Father” (Hakan originally) was once a young male friend of Abby (who is 250 years old), much like Owen (Oskar) is now. It’s a potentially poignant twist to the story, and Jenkins’ unwillingness to elaborate further seems to indicate it’s in fact a major plot point, not some throwaway bit of character development.
From the footage we have seen (the other clip was of Abby and Owen’s movie “date”, which played out closer to identical-remake territory than the other clip, but yet also had some inspired changes) and the kick-ass trailer, it’s looking more and more likely that this is most definitely NOT some “let’s just translate it for the subtitle-phobic Americans” quickie cash-in, and may end up being one of the more worthy remakes. We will find out in October, when Let Me In is released via Overture and Hammer.