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“Let the Right One In” director Tomas Alfredson says the American remake “felt a little intrusive”

“Let the Right One In” director Tomas Alfredson says the American remake “felt a little intrusive” (photo)

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The upcoming spy thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is based on a 1974 novel by author John le Carré. But since le Carré’s novel was previously made into a BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness, it’s also something of a remake. So when I had a chance to talk with Tomas Alfredson, the director of the new “Tinker Tailor,” I was curious to hear his take on “Let Me In,” the American remake of his brilliant Swedish vampire film “Let the Right One In.” To my surprise, Alfredson didn’t have one.

Why? Because Alfredon still hasn’t seen it.

When I asked why he chose not to see the film, Alfredson replied “Well, to be honest, when they started to do that, it was very close to when I did my version. It felt like I owned it, and it felt a little intrusive or something for someone else to do it. So I reacted a little childishly about it, maybe, and I didn’t want to see it. I was occupied doing this film, so I didn’t really have time either.”

Alfredson does have a point about the time between the two versions: “Let the Right One In” opened in the United States on October 24, 2008. “Let Me In” premiered less than two years later, October 1, 2010. By the standards of most remakes, that is an unusually small amount of time. Still, the American film by director Matt Reeves was respectful of the source material (a Swedish novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist) and an impressively spooky (if not entirely dissimilar) cinematic experience. Alfredson told me that as he gets a little further away from the project he gets more curious about it. “Now that it’s history, someday I’d love to see it,” he said. “They say it’s quite good.”

Look for more from my interview with Alfredson when his version of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” opens in theaters on December 9. If you were a fan of the BBC miniseries, will you dig this movie? I haven’t seen the television version, so it’s tough for me to say. But you know how remakes are: you’ve got to let the right ones in.

What did you think of “Let Me In?” Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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