Midnight Son (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Midnight Son
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Horror films driven by ideas are thin on the ground, but behind the gory façade of Scott Leberecht's debut feature there ticks some cleverly assembled clockwork.
Audience Reviews for Midnight Son
160109: Though this film is labeled a horror, don't expect something scary. It's an indie look at vampirism. It's no where near the class of Let Me In (2010) but it's not too terribly bad either. Obviously low budget, there are some pretty cool scenes held within. Maya Parish is perfect as the hot little junkie Mary and Tracey Walter appears a Gary the janitor. I like Walter but outside of Conan the Destroyer (1984), he seems to only appear in small part over the years. One of the most memorable to me is Miller in Repo Man (1984) but he has also appeared in City Slickers (1991), Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Young Guns II (1990) to name some of my favorites. I almost forget he existed until I watched this film but it was cool to see him again. For two reasons I'm happy I only paid $2.00 for this film. One, it was inexpensive; and two, it was inexpensive twisted entertainment. It will remain in my collection and I'll likely watch it again sometime.
A complex character-driven drama that never gives too much away, and which captivates the viewer even as its pace slows to a crawl. The balance between mystery and offering clues about the plot is deftly handled, ensuring that the spectator remains ever on his toes, which allows the story to flow organically from the script. This makes it possible to forget that vampire fiction follows set narrative conventions, renewed and recreated in modern American media, to better reflect contemporary society and modern day value-systems. Midnight Son never veers too far away from traditional schemes and tropes, and the tricks and gimmicks it does use will be more than enough to satisfy any dyed-in-the-wool purists out there. The beauty of Midnight Son is we could care less about hard facts. The main spotlight is on the inner conflict of the characters and durability of the human spirit.
if you're looking for a lot of action and killing, this is not the film for you. but if you're looking to appreciate the realisticness of turning into a vampire, you might like it. i would figure that this is probably how it would happen in real life. loved the ending.
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