Every time director Matt Reeves has talked publicly about his English-language remake of Tomas Alfredson's cult vampire flick Let the Right One In, he's had to make a case for relevance based on sheer enthusiasm alone. But on Saturday at Comic-Con, Reeves finally had real proof to show skeptical fans of the original -- two clips that revealed just how much, in a good way, his film differs from the original.

Let Me In is released worldwide in October, and some of what Reeves had to show wasn't 100 percent complete -- though I challenge anyone to name anything in the two Comic-Con exclusive clips that didn't look, well, kind of amazing.


Reeves, joined by cast members Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, and Richard Jenkins, first screened the trailer while talking the usual jazz about how much he wanted to put his own spin on John Lindqvist's original novel, on which Let the Right One In is also based. The trailer set the mood for Hall H patrons, depicting a lot of familiar-looking settings -- the snowy locales, the school, the brick apartment building where Owen and Abby (Oskar and Eli in the Swedish film) first meet.