The Transfiguration

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The Transfiguration tells a quieter, more deliberately paced tale than genre fans might expect, but for those with the patience to let it sink in, it offers its own rewards.



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An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O'Shea's debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo's dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.


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  • In the end, all has been for nothing, and the vampire genre's exciting possibilities have been wasted on a messy script and messier intentions.

    Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Trying hard to play against expectations, writer-director Michael O'Shea casts a black teenager in the lead role of an urban vampire film. It's a decision that ultimately works in the film's favor, but only up to a point.

    May 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This film, directed by Michael O'Shea, is less a horror movie than a coming-of-age tale as Milo meets an equally troubled neighbour, Sophie, played by Chloe Levine.

    Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Bold and brutal in shocking spurts, the indie horror drama from writer-director O'Shea is a startling debut that leaves a fresh mark on the genre while celebrating its forbears.

    Apr 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is not a horror film, exactly, but a dark drama in which a self-imposed curse is the only reprieve from a neighborhood where violence is routine.

    Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A solid slice of indie horror, though the similarity to other films is hard to ignore.

    Apr 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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