Let’s get it out of the way. An American remake of 2008’s internationally successful Swedish film Let the Right One In was a bizarre choice and blatantly shallow. I suppose one could say that the motivation for an Americanized version is based on the quantity of character and story, and not just that the film is marketable and vampires are hot right now. Nonetheless, in the words of the original’s own director, “If one should remake a film, it’s because the original is bad, and I don’t think mine is.” So then, a viewing of Matthew Reeves‘ less than scrupulous Let Me In can either be dismissed from square one, or it can be viewed and judged despite its bastardization. Thankfully, I chose to do the latter.