Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cool Sh*t!!- Let Me In Deleted Scene

Okay I'm soooooorry about posting so much shit about Let The Right One In/Let Me In! I will try everything in my power to make this the last one. I swear, tomorrow's post will be on The Social Network! So SlashFilm.com just got an exclusive clip of a deleted scene from Let Me In. The scene shows Abby when she get turned in to vampire. I'll warn you now the scene is pretty intense. Here it is:

To be completely honest, I can't really tell what's going on, haha. Here's where having read the original book comes into confusing me as a viewer. I know what happened in the novel, this is the moment where Eli gets castrated, but here it looks more like a rape scene. Anyways, regardless, its an emotionally intense scene in which a child is being put through the unimaginable; it's got the same emotional effect on me when I read the castration scene in the book. I got mixed feelings about it though. I don't know if I'd have preferred Reeves to keep in the final cut or not. On one hand, I think its great we actually get to see Abby do the "be me a little" magic trick thing she did in the book (something that ended up not being included in the LTROI film) but on the other hand, I don't like how they changed her back story.

I knew I should have waited to write my review on Let Me In until after I had time to mull on it. The more I think about it, the more the outcome at the end bothers me. I just keep thinking how Let Me In is no longer a coming of age story or a love story. I mean, did Owen ever grow out of his serial killer mentality? It's not clear how much of an effect Abby had on him in helping him develop. It seemed more like he was stuck going with her in the end cause he literally had no one that cared about him. Also, with Abby. It doesn't seem like Owen helped her grow and develop either. She's still going to continue her never ending cycle of killing people and finding a lonely boy to fall in love with her, then using him to do all her dirty work for an entire lifetime. Bahhhh, how is there anything satisfying about this ending!?

Please, somebody else share their thoughts here.


  1. I'll reply to this incredibly late. As today I was bored/sick and was looking through some of my history on other websites and came across your profile via a collider comment you made in response to me, regarding this very issue. I've constantly said what is wrong with Let Me In and the easy praise it gets. To me Alfredson is this building contractor that drew up plans to this perfect house where everything about it compliments each other. With Reeves being an interior decorator that came by and maybe painted the house a different color and added a chandelier or two, then someone came by and gave him credit for the entire thing. I mean they said it's not better than what was there or even as good, but at least he didn't destroy the house. That to me is what Reeves did with the remake and what reviewers are doing with, well their reviews. Moving on. The thing with the original is, people could have the cynical view and idea about it. However for romantics there was this feeling of, the two loneliest kids on this planet finally finding something good with each other. The remake point blank tells you, Owen is going to be the next Jenkins because Jenkins was the last Owen. Without ever once giving you an idea or hope of another outcome.

    Let Me In is a pretty good movie made out of a great one. It is beyond pointless. The fact that it is made to resemble the original so closely, tells you Reeves and company knew why they shouldn't have remade it but did it anyways. For cheap praise and money. Shame, but at least foreign film directors are slowly but surely getting a shot to succeed outside their own country. Remakes of course making it harder for that, but let's hope all these directors coming to the states will succeed enough so we can see more original and genuine projects start to get made.

    Two quick side notes. You ever see Thirst? That is actually my favorite vampire story of all time, but I have a Park Chan Wook bias.

    As for the second side note, this to me is what differentiates Let The Right One In and it's remake most. What makes the former a great movie and the latter a pretty good one.

    When Oskar is in the pool and is threatened. He is automatically a push over again. Not like the remake where Owen is fighting crazy like, then tossed in the pool. In the original the director understood the best action or non action the character should take or not take. Where he understood depth. The second Eli left, was the second Oskar lost that inner strentgh/confidence. The second Eli left, he was already a push over again. Not so much in Owen’s case. Where Reeves needed an action to follow to the pool, instead of thinking about what would be the best action for the character to take and do. Not the best action, but the most likely one they’d do. The action that would best compliment the entire movie.

  2. Thanks for your comment! I actually just added Thirst to my instant queue the other day and am looking forward to watching it!

    Great point about how Reeves didn't think about what would be the best action for the character to take. Definitely a reoccurring issue throughout the film.

    I surely hope Alfredson will get more recognition outside of his own country with his new movie Larklight. Should be great!