SXSW: Horror Director Matt Reeves Speaks!
BY TODD GILCHRIST
Matt Reeves talks about find the right way to ‘Let Me In.’ At a panel entitled Directing the Dead: Horror Directors Spill Their Guts, Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) offered a few insights about the process of making “Let Me In,” his remake of the acclaimed Norwegian horror film Let the Right One In. He appeared alongside filmmakers Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror), Neil Marshall (The Descent), and Ti West (The House of the Devil), and the group offered their feelings about the state of contemporary horror – which, as Reeves knows all too well, involves a lot of remakes these days.
Moderated by Cinematical editor, FEARnet film critic and all-around horror expert Scott Weinberg, Directing the Dead explored a lot of issues, some silly and some substantial, about making, watching and most of all loving horror movies. A sizable crowd poured into Hall 18ABCD and not only listened but engaged the filmmakers, asking thoughtful questions and expanding the scope of specific discussions to encompass the entirety of the moviemaking business, and the relationships and collaborations that also make it entertainment, and sometimes even art.
Reeves, for example, revealed that in the process of making Let Me In, he was able to draw on the extensive experience and wisdom of none other than Steven Spielberg when trying to determine the best way to direct his two leads, who are children. “I’d never really had extensive experience directing children,” Reeves admitted. “I was really lucky because Steven Spielberg is friends with J.J. [Abrams]. He’d seen Cloverfield and said, ‘Oh, that’s a cool film.’ I was like, ‘Well, can I talk to you about directing kids?’ [So] I met Steven Spielberg to talk about directing kids and I was like oh my God, it’s Steven Spielberg, what’s he saying? I have no idea, it’s Steven Spielberg. He was very generous.”
Check out the video below for Reeves’ thoughts about remaking movies, and what prompted him to tackle this story as a follow-up to Cloverfield:
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