This English-language remake of the Swedish original (released just two years prior) should have failed spectacularly. The story was localized (going from Sweden to New Mexico), many of the more sexual aspects of the storyline were dropped, and the camerawork, stark and still in the original, became active and imaginatively whirligig in the remake. And yet, ultimately, "Let Me In" is also the better, scarier film.
It streamlined the narrative, dropped a very silly sequence with computer-generated cats (the antithesis of scary), and upped the intensity. This remake is just as contemplative and mournful, but also considerably spookier.