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Let the Right One In

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Links to film versions Let the Right One In and Let Me In.

 

This sounds very intriguing...

 

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN:  Theater Review - The Hollywood Reporter

 

LONDON -- In 2008, a little before that other, better-known teen-vampire movie saga began, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s film Let the Right One In debuted to rapt reviews. As dark and glittery as a jet necklace, the film, underneath its surface horror tropes, touches with stealthy, near-silent feet on bullying, AIDS anxiety, urban alienation and pedophilia, among other things. Unlike Twilight, it didn’t spawn a billion-dollar franchise. But it did inspire a U.S. remake (2010's Let Me In, with Chloe Grace Moretz), won dozens of awards, and created a tiny, passionate cult following, especially amongst emo kids of all ages.

 

That fan base will be more than pleased with the National Theatre of Scotland’s ingenious stage adaptation, now virtually sold out at London’s Royal Court Theatre and rumored to be moving to the West End soon. (It's to be assumed that New York producers also will be flying in to check out the show's transfer potential.) Directed by John Tiffany and associate directed by movement maven Steven Hoggett (whose collaborations have included the globally acclaimed military drama Black Watch, Tony-winning musical Once, and the current Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie), this play is a sinuously fluid, technically audacious work that builds to a gasping, bravura climax.

 

Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (best known for TV work including The FadesSkins, This is England), the text nimbly braids together some of the best ideas from the three other versions of the story: John Ajvide Lindqvist’s source bestseller; his own adaptation for Alfredson’s film; and the U.S. remake, which was co-written by Lindqvist and director Matt Reeves.

 

 

Full review here.

Edited by John Drew

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