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    Let the Right One In (2008) vs. Let Me In (2010): Movie Remake Review

    In an era in which every side of love have been explored, it is wonderful to be reminded about its mysteries. In an age in which fright is a hit element in wide screen, it is refreshing to experience a different kind of terror. In a time in which romance and vampire marry in cinemas, it is rare to find an unforgettable classic love story wrapped in a tangled mesh of fear and sadness. One such cinematic gem is Sweden’s “Let the Right One In” retold in Hollywood’s “Let Me In”.

    Let the Right One In (Swedish: Låt den rätte komma in) is a 2008 romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. The movie is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Eleven-year-olds Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson were casted to play the main roles of Oskar and Eli, respectively. In 2010, the film was remade and re-titled as Let Me In by Hollywood. Directed by Matt Reeves, it starred Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen and Chloë Grace Moretz as Abby.

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    Plot. A 12-year old boy named Oskar/Owen resides with his mother in a certain suburb. Having no friends, he is being constantly bullied by a gang in school and thus spends most of his time imagining his revenge. One night, he meets his new young neighbor Eli/Abby who has recently moved in with an older man named Hakan/Thomas. Over time, the two develop a close relationship.

    Later on, Hakan/Thomas murders a passerby to harvest fresh blood for Eli/Abby but he is interrupted by a dog walker (the blood is spilt in Hollywood version). Hakan/Thomas continues his risky endeavour until he is caught eventually. To avoid being discovered, he pours concentrated hydrochloric/sulfuric acid into his face and he is rushed to the hospital. Eli/Abby climbs up the hospital to see Hakan/Thomas. With love in his heart, Hakan/Thomas offers his neck for feeding, and after which he falls out of the window.

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    Alone, Eli/Abby seeks refuge in Oskar/Owen and the two become closer. Oskar/Owen later finds out about the true nature of his new friend and realizes that Hakan/Thomas was once Eli’s/Abby’s love (the former remains young because of the vampire’s curse). Meanwhile, the countless murders and disappearance cause terror and chaos in the community, pushing Oskar/Owen and Eli/Abby to leave the place.

    Before the two depart, Eli/Abby performs one final act of horror – she decapitates the bodies of Oskar’s/Owen’s bullies. In the closing credits, the two are seen travelling on a train, with the vampire hiding inside a large trunk and with the mortal committing an undying love in his heart.
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