With “Let The Right One In” a new, promising horror series will start in the USA at the beginning of October 2022 on the pay-TV channel Showtime (“Dexter”, “Billions”, “Homeland”). It is not yet known when and on which broadcaster or streaming service the series will be shown in Germany.
“Let The Right One Inis based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel So Dark the Night. It has already been sufficiently proven that this is ideally suited for visual implementation. Because the story about the outsider boy who falls in love with a vampire girl was not only in the form of the Swedish “So dark the night” (2008), but also of “The Batman’ director Matt Reeves has already adapted it twice for the cinema with his US remake ‘Let Me In’ (2010). Still, after seeing the first trailer, we’re optimistic that the series will justify its existence.
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The raw material is top notch. It’s not without reason that Tomas Alfredson’s original film adaptation is one of the best horror films of all time for us.
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In addition, the series seems to have been filmed in a wonderfully atmospheric and somber way, the cast list looks promising and – perhaps most important of all – series creator and showrunner Andrew Hinderaker has already been involved in “Penny Dreadful” or “The Path”, among others proved extensively that he masters the combination of horror, drama and thriller in episodic format. Various episodes were staged by “The Walking Dead’, ‘Dexter’ and ‘The Wire’ director Seith Mann.
Showtime has ordered ten episodes of about 42 minutes each for the first season. So there is more than enough time not only to bring in a lot of new story and horror elements, but also to give the characters even more depth than in the film versions.
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To what extent “Let The Right One In” adheres to the original novel or develops or adds its own story elements is not yet known. Based on the trailer, however, it can be assumed that at least the basic premise will be retained – even if the action was apparently moved from Sweden to the USA.
12-year-old loner Isaiah (Ian Foreman) lives with his single mother (Grace Gummer) in an apartment building on the outskirts of town. He soon realizes that the girl Eleanor (Madison Taylor Baez), who is about the same age, has moved into the apartment next door with an older man named Mark (Demian Bichir).
As it turns out, the little one is a vampire. And Mark isn’t her father either, as Isaiah initially suspected, but Eleanor’s protector, who always has to get her fresh blood. Which he does by holding homeless people or other defenseless people who nobody misses and letting them bleed to death. Isaiah is shocked and scared, but has fallen in love with Eleanor. Which is why he won’t betray her and Mark for the time being…
The main roles are played by young mimes Ian Foreman (“The Holiday Switch”) and Madison Taylor Baez (“Selena: The Series”) as well as the one from “The Hateful 8”, “The Nun’ and ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ confessed Demian Bichir. The Mexican, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in “A Better Life,” also serves as one of the series’ producers.
Supporting parts include Anika Noni Rose (“Power”), Grace Gummer (“Mr. Robot”), Kevin Carroll (“The Leftovers”), Jacob Buster (“Colony”), Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”) and Nick Stahl (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”). If you don’t want to miss “Let The Right One In” and other important reboots – whether cinema, streaming or home theater – then simply subscribe to our free newsletterwhich comes out every Thursday.
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