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“Let Me In,” just like the awesome vampire movie it’s adapted from, without the subtitles.

“Let Me In,” just like the awesome vampire movie it’s adapted from, without the subtitles. (photo)

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Vampires vampires vampires. It’s all getting a bit tiresome at this point, isn’t it? The endless wave of bloodsucking films and television shows makes me feel like Bud Fox as he watches Gordon Gecko devour every company in sight. Seriously, guys: how much is enough?

Obviously, one reason for all the vampire movies is that their fans seem to have an unquenchable thirst for them to rival their subjects’ taste for blood. Or maybe Hollywood likes vampires because Hollywood is a vampire: sucking out the creativity of movies from different countries and time periods and using it to keep its undead corpse shambling along for a little while longer. Their latest victim is “Let the Right One In” the outstanding Swedish horror film from from 2008.

Here’s the first trailer for the American version, entitled “Let Me In,” from “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves:

That’s “The Road”‘s Kodi Smit-McPhee as Owen (previously Oskar) and “Kick-Ass”‘s Chloe Moretz as Abby (previously Eli). The trailer makes the remake look eerily like the original, from the children’s clothing, to the muted color palette, to the production design of the courtyard where Owen and Abby meet and bond. Watching it, I was reminded of the Spanish language version of “Dracula” that was shot concurrently on the same sets with the famous Bela Lugosi version. They’re like movie versions of Superman and Bizarro: unmistakably the same, and yet slightly and crucially different.

If you’re going to remake the movie so that it looks and sounds almost exactly like the original, I’m not sure why you remake it at all (other than to get rid of those pesky subtitles). I guess we’ll find out when “Let Me In” comes out on October 1.

[Photo: “Let Me In,” Overture, 2010]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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