The Transfiguration (2017)


Critic Consensus: 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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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…

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…

Mr. Ruffin must carry the film, projecting interior activity and suggesting information where the script (by Mr. O'Shea) does not. That he imbues the film with a weight greater than its words is a testament to his skill as an actor.

Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The Transfiguration gradually reveals itself to be a coming-of-age tale, one whose central figure reaches a point at which he's forced to reckon with the evil lurking within himself.

Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…

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