Review: The Transfiguration

 

 

 

Writer and director Michael O’Shea bring a not your ordinary vampire tale to the screen with The Transfiguration.

 

 

By Adam Holtzapfel

 

 

The Transfiguration, a continuation of O’Shea’s 2014 short film Milo takes viewers on a ride that leaves them on the edge of their seat.

 

 

 

Clocking in at just 97 minutes the film follows the story of Milo (Eric Ruffen), an awkward teenager in New York. Upon the opening scene of the film we learn that Milo has a fascination with vampires. As we see him enter his apartment complex we see a group call him a freak, from there he meets Sophie (Chloe Levine) an alienated teen. As the story goes through flashbacks we see what made Milo the way he is. We see Lewis (Aaron Moten) trying to be the best big brother he can be by caring for Milo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the story goes there’s some great what the fuck moments, at times the viewer can empathize with Milo and at times they can be disgusted by him as well. The film is well paced and is influenced more by Romero’s Martin with a little mix of Let Me In/Let The Right One In. While a slow burn, the pacing and tone of the film keeps viewers interested and wanting more. This is a film not to miss. Keep an eye out for appearances by genre favorites Lloyd Kauffman, Larry Fessenden, and James Lorinz.

 

 

 

What works is the story, pacing, acting, and some really great blood fx without overdoing it. This will fit nicely on your shelf in between Hammer era vampire films and 80’s vampire films like Near Dark and Lost Boys. If I had to give this a rating it would be 4.5 upside down crosses out of 5.

 

(Images taken from Google)

 

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