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FANTASTIC FEST lets the right one in to kick off the fest!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with the announcement of the opening night film at this year's FANTASTIC FEST. Matt Reeves' remake of former Fantastic Fest film, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. That's right, LET ME IN is going to get the festivities going - and I know right now there's hesitation about a remake that many feel is questionable... And nowhere was that more tangible than when Tim League & I sat down to screen the film for the festival. At that point, we were angling towards another flick to kick things off. It was midnight about a month and a half ago. There were just four of us there in the Drafthouse South - and we were all talking about how we hoped Drew McWeeny wasn't insane. He'd seen the film and inferred that in many ways it was superior to the original. We were speculating about medicinal marijuana and the effects upon reviewing... but then the movie started. As the film ended, Tim and I were overjoyed. When you're putting a festival together - it is sometimes quite difficult to find the exact right vibe to kick things off with - and LET ME IN hit all the right notes. LET ME IN feels like the most disturbing version of E.T. where instead of finding a benevolent flower empowering alien, you found a very young very old spirited girl that becomes your only best friend. The great thing is that the violence in the film comes in a furious release that makes ya go, "HOLY SHIT!" Not just due to gore and blood... but because you care for the characters and their genuine innocence makes the violence more intense. The film is genuinely scary. Just wait for the scene in the hospital. Sheesh. For an American Audience - these two leads - and even the bully kids - are going to enrapture those that check LET ME IN out. They're very naturalistic and charming. Tim and I instantly recognized that this is that perfect film to kick our fest off with because it shows us a new angle on Matt Reeves as a director. CLOVERFIELD in no way informs the visual style of LET ME IN. This film feels like a great 80's genre effort. It is even set in the early 80s in a wintery New Mexico. I'm looking forward to seeing the final version of the film and we're very excited to kick FANTASTIC FEST off with this, here's the official announcement...

FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES "LET ME IN" FOR OPENING NIGHT The U.S. Premiere Will Open Fantastic Fest on Thursday, September 23 Austin, TX---Tuesday, August 17, 2010--- Fantastic Fest is pleased to announce the opening night film will be the U.S. premiere of the highly anticipated Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and starring Chloe Moretz (Kick Ass), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The red carpet event will take place on Thursday, September 23 at The Paramount Theatre with director Matt Reeves and cast members in attendance. Let Me In is a terrifying tale about an alienated 12-year old (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins). "We are truly honored that Fantastic Fest has chosen to open their festival with the U.S. premiere of Let Me In. It is incredibly exciting to be able to present the film to an audience who I know are just as passionate about John Ajvide Linqvist's story as I am," said director Matt Reeves. "Fantastic Fest has been following the development of this movie with rabid interest and we couldn’t be more excited to share what Matt Reeves has up his sleeve in adapting this incredible story. We anticipate that this will solidify his place as a visionary genre artist," said Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League. And more than anything Fantastic Fest is ecstatic to see vampires doing what they do best – horrifying us with their bloodlust. Fantastic Fest is also cooking up a gorgeous Mondo poster for Let Me In from artist Olly Moss. Fantastic Fest is scouring the globe for the very best in action, horror, science fiction, fantasy to the truly bizarre in contemporary cinema for your viewing pleasure. Look for more announcements in the weeks to come, including information on our gala events, parties and AMD Next Wave filmmakers in attendance. Fantastic Fest is the film festival with the boring parts cut out. Miss this one and your regrets will agonize you for years to come. You have been warned. For photos of Let Me In, visit here For more photos from Fantastic Fest, visit: here
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  • Aug. 17, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Where's a good place for tacos in Austin?

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Always ask those in the know

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Let me in?

    by Seph_J

    Should have dreamed a little bigger, Harry.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Wake me up when I get a set visit

    by Seph_J

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'll go see this in a theater.

    by SmokingRobot

    Then I'm never going to read another vampire book, or what another vampire movie or tv show till the day I die. I'm vampired out.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST


    by Budcrud know what I mean.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Best tacos in Austin: Tacodeli. If ANYBODY tries to tell you otherwise they are dead wrong and horrible horrible human beings.

  • Oskar is not innocent. He may be the victim of bullies, but he's a sadistic psycho in the making. And to suggest the vamp is innocent, is dumb beyond belief. But not beyond you, I guess.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST


    by skywise404

    makes the greatest fish tacos anywhere!

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    Go easy on Harry, he was asleep and taking a piss when he saw Let The Right One In. You can't expect him to respire AND pay attention to the films he 'reviews'.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    New Mexico?

    by Bloo

    I thought it was going to be set in Colorado, drawing obvious comparisons to Columbine or something

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 7 p.m. CST


    by Cerpin

    This is where you want to go. Also, anything in a trailer will surely be tasty as well.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by Chippy Fon Toast

    My vote goes to Torchy's Tacos, as well. They have inventive tacos that are all very, very good. A tad expensive for a taco (3.75-4.25), but they are more than just meat and cheese varietals.

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    I can't wait!

    by Goregazer

    Remakes are NOT the enemy, people. Are they cash-ins? Yeah, usually. But some are good, and a few are great (TCM, DOTD). It's not like these remakes are replacing the originals. You still have those. And on an even more positive note, perhaps a remake will prompt a re-release of the original on dvd/blu, with all kinds of new bells and whistles. yeah, I know, it's called double dipping and it's evil, but fuck it. Some of these movies are too much twisted fun to pass up. Seriously, tell me that after little Michael beats the hippie in the kitchen, that when he drops the bat the sound doesn't send a chill up your spine. On a related note, welcome back Hammer! Although I DO think you should've returned with a completely original flick, no matter how good this remake is. AH-HA! Another example! THE RING remake. The schoolgirl in the closet. Need I say more?

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    New Mexico is the Mecca of all Sci-Fi...

    by zinc_chameleon

    The director choose it because of the old, old connection between White Sands, and the birth of science-fiction as serious art. Remember 'Them' was the first Technicolor 3D film; that is, until the film stock melted on location. Oops!

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    THEM was in color?!?

    by Monroville

    From Wiki: <p> When Them! began production in the fall of 1953, it was originally conceived to be in 3-D and WarnerColor. During pre-production, tests were to be shot in color and 3-D. A few color tests were shot of the large-scale ant models, but when it was time to shoot the 3-D test, WB's "All Media" 3-D camera rig malfunctioned and no footage could be filmed. The next day, a memo was sent out that the color and 3-D aspects of the film were to be scrapped, and that black and white and wide-screen would be the preferred format, trying to emulate the "effective shock treatment" of Warners' The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. Because of the preparation of certain shots, however, many of the camera set-ups for 3-D still remain, such as the opening titles and flame-throwers that are shot at the camera.[2] <p> Although WB was dissatisfied with the color results, the opening titles were printed in color against a black and white background to give the opening of the film a "punch". This effect was achieved by an Eastman Color section spliced into each print.[citation needed] The VHS release in 1985, the subsequent laserdisc, and the current DVD release have restored this effect:

  • Aug. 17, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Eh, I think I'll LET ME IN the front door and give it a shot..

    by Monroville

    Like anything else, it can go either way, and you're not going to know until you actually watch it. BTW, any more news on MONSTERS?

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    You make it sound good and like I should see it. WHERE WILL ALL MY VITRIOL GO?!

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 1:30 a.m. CST

    CULEBRA should open with LET ME IN

    by Emit Brown

    There is an unreal short I saw at SLAMDANCE called CULEBRA that would be a perfect opener with LET ME IN at Fantastic Fest.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Yes, go to Torchy's Tacos

    by Kraken

    It will change your life. The trailer park and ranch hand tacos are crazy. The special of the month taco right now is mind blowing (ace of spade- sausage and brisket with a fried egg and 5 kinds of cheeses with sour cream- yowza!!)

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    The remake of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is not great. It's not even that good. And it is not a fucking patch on the brilliant original. Let me guess: You're under 30 and you think Michael Bay makes really cool films.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST


    by Bonnye

    WTF someone liked the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake? That.. I .. fuck! Idiocracy, here we come! And seriously Fantastic Fest? 2 years after Let the Right One In? Really? You have shamed yourselves.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by dr sauch

    I will absolutely not give this one a chance. Normally I'm all about remakes, reboots, etc. But only when there's something to be gained from it. LTROI was perfect, end of story. This version can only be worse.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    LTROI Sucked

    by m_prevette

    Admit it...there were a few creepy moments but, the drama was executed with all the finesse of a 1960's Godzilla movie. And the hilarious scene with the lady spinning around covered in cats...come on. The entire movie was awkward. Maybe the most over-hyped film in recent memory.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Over 30

    by Goregazer

    And I guess it's stupid of me to like the Halloween remake as well. As far as Bay goes: Transformers was ok, but 2 was a mess. Still fun to watch, though. Fuckin-a guys, don't you know how to have fun? I was warned by quite a few people to just read the news on AICN and not to start posting, I can see why now. I'm gonna grab my Jason plush doll and go cry now.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by Uncle_Al

    Maria's on S. Lamar. And Torchy's. Either one is great. For BBQ, try Ruby's on 29th at Guadalupe.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by mynamesdan

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    unneccessary remake, i stutter.

    by mynamesdan

    It's not as though the original is dialogue-heavy.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Right on, M Prevette

    by blue_dog

    LTROI wasn't scary, wasn't particularly suspenseful, and chopped most of what made the book interesting. Also: the ending was obvious from the beginning, the whole chopped-off-dick thing is a unnecessary red-herring, and the acting was pedestrian. BUT HEY, HOLLYWOOD, LET'S REMAKE THAT TURD. Fucking idiots.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST


    by ClayG

    It amuses me that, more than a year after LTROI's release, ignorant fanboys are still bemoaning the fact that LTROI 'wasn't scary,' Perhaps you missed the fact that you weren't watching a horror film. Although, if you think the acting was 'pedestrian' because it was subtle and realistic, you probably think everything with vampires in it has to be either 30 Days of Night or Twilight, with no space in between. Oh well..

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Hi fuckface!

    by blue_dog

    How am I a "fanboy" if I hated the movie? Putting that to one side: the acting was anything but realistic. The bullies were overblown and cliched, the vampire chick/dude was lifeless (haha, but not in the good way), and the lead had the emotional depth of a pecan. The movie's biggest sin -- beyond being entirely predictable -- was that it was boring.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by ClayG

    'Fanboy' is a generally term applied to geeks. Maybe you're not a geek, though; maybe you're just a troublemaking moron who likes to see their words up on the internet. How were the bullies 'overblown'? Maybe you didn't get bullied in middle school. Oskar's withdrawn nature is actually a sign of a reaction to abuse; again, perhaps beyond your knowledge. If by 'boring' you mean 'devoid of cheap jump scares' or 'made you read subtitles', then, perhaps this just wasn't what you were looking for. You already made the mistake of thinking you were watching a horror film, so I can't vouch for your powers of perception.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I've said before I prefer The Ring to Ringu

    by skimn

    So I'm not entirely against the Americanization of a foriegn film, so the ideas of the film reach a wider audience. And the filmmakers could say its based on the book, not on the screenplay.<p>What makes me curious is the cast. The young leads proved they have talent, and c'mon, Richard Jenkins.

  • Aug. 18, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    The one thing that we can be sure of, ClayG(ay)

    by blue_dog

    Is that you are that geeky fanboy who had his ass bullied off in middle school. I'm sure you honed your powers of perception when you were at home, masturbating with your tears as lube, dreaming of the day when you could exact your revenge through your clever internet rhetoric. I'll leave you to it. Enjoy!

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by ClayG

    Yeah, you can be sure of that--I said it :) Funny how much deduction that requires. People do get bullied in school who aren't gay, though. As for dreaming of using the internet to get revenge--I couldn't very well have done that--there wasn't such a thing as the internet when I was a kid, not that someone your age could conceive of a time before the net. 'Masturbating with your tears as lube'--Nice. Keep revising that one. Almost good. This isn't revenge, though. It's just entertainment. But even someone like you has to be good for at least that, so thanks.

  • Aug. 19, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Talking to myself...

    by ClayG

    Yes, the title of that last post should have been "Blue_Dog.' Just goes to show that talking to myself is more interesting--and substantial--than talking to you.

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by BellaNicoli

    Zombie Roadkill taco Trucks of course!! and I'm not a horrible disgusting human for tell you so...o9r maybe I am but whatever. Did you catch machete Tacos at Comic-Con San Diego this year?!

  • Aug. 25, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    You aren't afraid of being buried are you?

    by BellaNicoli

    well I AM!!! But sometimes you just have to take it: