The DLB recently had the chance to attend a roundtable with actor Colin Farrell, one of the stars of the upcoming Fright Night remake, and it turns out that the Phone Booth star, who plays vampire Jerry Dandridge in the role originated by Chris Sarandon, is quite the horror buff. Here’s what he had to say when asked about the ongoing appeal of vampire films:
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LET ME IN
Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Moretz and Richard Jenkins
Written and directed by Matt Reeves
Nine times out of ten, Hollywood remakes of foreign horror films are awful. Thankfully Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish vampire movie Let the Right One In, is that one time out of ten where it works.
The DLB interviewed Let Me In director Matt Reeves last night for Rue Morgue. Here’s an excerpt:
Abby’s vampire look is very animalistic. What were you trying to convey?
I thought of the movies that scared me as a kid, like The Exorcist, and I thought about the idea of evil taking as its host a girl is very scary. But the thing that really got me, given that the story is, I think, a kind of metaphor for adolescence and in particular [Let the Right One In novelist John Ajvide Lindqvist’s painful adolescence, I wanted to do a vampire transformation that was all about adolescence gone wrong. And the idea was that you lose your baby teeth and all your other teeth start to come in, you need braces. And her teeth aren’t fangs, they’re just teeth that are layer upon layer of teeth that are just out of control. Her skin actually has acne gone bad. And I thought the idea of vampirism being a transformation was a good metaphor for what it feels like to enter adolescence. Hormones start to rage in your body, and it feels like your body itself is literally out of control. You get pimples and your teeth are messed up. You feel like this side is coming out which is truly ugly. That was the attempt, to make her a vampire in that sort of mould.
Read the rest of my interview with Matt at http://rue-morgue.com/blog/?p=3726.
Let Me In, Hammer Films’ American English-language remake of the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One, coming out Oct. 1, has convinced me. I’m officially looking forward to it now. Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is obviously mindful of the original but seems to be going his own way with his version so much respect.
Overture has just released two stills from the movie. The one above features actress Chloe Moretz (a.k.a. Hit Girl from Kick Ass) as Abby, the vampire in question, while the one below features Abby talking to Owen (Kodi Smith-McPhee, that amazing kid from The Road).
Keep an open mind about this when it comes out in October. Check out the trailer in the meantime: