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Midnight Son Reviews

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Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com

Filmmaker Leberecht takes an intriguingly askance approach to the vampire genre with this dark, romantic horror film, but after after a promising set-up seems unsure where to go from there.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a frightening story, plausibly developed within a relatively brief running time, and the central love between the male protagonist increasingly addicted to blood and a girl addicted to cocaine is oddly moving.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 13, 2013
Greg Klymkiw
Electric Sheep

Visually and narratively, Midnight Son leads us confidently into territory we almost never see, but even when things start to feel familiar, Leberecht throws us a curve ball ...

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

January 11, 2013
Eddie Harrison
The List

It might not be offering anything new to the lore of the horror film, but Midnight Son is a confident, minor work that hardcore admirers of the True Blood/Twilight cycle will want to seek out.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Horror films driven by ideas are thin on the ground, but behind the gory fašade of Scott Leberecht's debut feature there ticks some cleverly assembled clockwork.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A thoughtful tale that is more a twisted romance than a typical shocker.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

January 11, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Better made and imagined than most [horror films].

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2013
Andrew Pulver
Guardian

Yet another tortured-emo vampire movie, but there's an attempt to inject a dose of plausible realism into proceedings, rather than Twilight's leaden coffee-table stylings.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 2013
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A bloody and well-acted vampire curio.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 7, 2013
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Leberecht plays games with vampire lore, but skirts around it with a subtlety and delicacy that lends his film emotional depths rare in low-budget horror.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

December 17, 2012
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Scott Leberecht should be commended for his ability to turn a low budget independent flick into somewhat of a surprise success, and Zak Kilberg deserves to be recognized for what should be his breakout performance.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6.5/10

September 13, 2012
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline

For a vampire romance, "Midnight Son" is actually interesting. And in a world where all vampire romances are lost in the smoky teenage death fantasies of Stephanie Meyer, that's a huge relief.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 7/10

August 22, 2012
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com

Very well-acted, beautifully shot, and most of all: deftly directed, Midnight Son is the perfect quiet, slow-boil existential chiller to watch alone at night, quiet and in a contemplative mood.

Full Review Source: Horror.com

January 18, 2012

Leberecht and company have delivered to us a smart, intense, and unpredictable film that is tons of ghoulish fun from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Dread Central | Original Score: 4/5

January 14, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

gives the tropes of the undead a moodily modern revamp.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

September 6, 2011
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

There are still good vampire movies being made. Like this one.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4/5

September 5, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Delivers a compelling, unique spin on the vampire mythos despite a subterranean budget. Hopefully Leberecht will attract plenty of attention as a result.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2011
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

More suspenseful and involving than most films with 200 times its budget, it's beautifully directed, and features an astonishing performance by an extravagantly talented unknown named Zak Kilberg.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B

June 13, 2011
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

Driven by star-in-the-making lead Zak Kilberg...Midnight Son is a sad, scary, superb piece of low-budget filmmaking.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

March 25, 2011
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

The film plugs its holes with a curdled blankness.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 10, 2013
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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