If you’re into idealistic horror, “The Transfiguration” is the vampire movie you should see. (Spoilers)

“When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo’s fantasy into reality” – IMDb. 

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Right from the start, you can tell what type of film this is going to be. Slower paced, limited dialogue, raw cinematography, acting and story dependent. The film starts off strong, with our main character finding some blood to fill his vampire needs. Milo (Eric Ruffin) is a loner, who lives with his brother in a project style apartment building. He doesn’t have friends or any kind of personality. except for an intense passion for vampires. When Milo returns from feeding, he puts some money behind a stash of VHS tapes. The references are spot on too. He’s got recorded tapes of Nosferatu, The Lost Boys, Dracula Untold, Thirst, the list goes on. You start to wonder if he actually really likes vampires, or if he’s just curious to learn more about what he is. Whatever it is, he’s clearly struggling to live a normal life.

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Milo meets Sophie (Chloe Levine), who is also living in isolation. They become close, and Milo struggles to balance their relationship and alter ego. Eric Ruffin played this part super well. At first you almost think he has serial killer tendencies. As he talks to a therapist, he mentions wanting to hurt animals. But he also has the personality of one. He’s quiet, monotone and doesn’t ever show emotion. This could also be due to the fact that he witnessed his mother kill herself. But I love the blend of personality traits. Sophie somehow connects with Milo and the two form an unlikely relationship.

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On top of dealing with bullies and his now girlfriend, Milo still has to figure this whole vampire thing out. When it comes to victims he really doesn’t have a type. He kills a homeless man, a suburban family and doesn’t seem to mind. The kill scenes are brutal, but not disgusting. I feel vampire films can get real gross real quick, but the gore is an appropriate amount. Each time he kills, he takes all of their money. At this point we don’t know why he’s collecting the money. His brother doesn’t seem to do much except for watch TV. He seems to be suffering from depression, but also caring of his brother. We find out that he was a part of a gang, the ones who bully Milo. Maybe the money’s for him, maybe it’s for Milo, who knows.

As Milo continues his killing/feeding, the news continues to report about people getting killed. No one knows Milo’s tendencies, not even his brother. What’s interesting is that Milo starts to use his feeding for good. He helps Sophie escape her abusive grandfather and move to Alabama. He also gets the whole gang arrested for the crimes that Milo helped commit. This is reassuring to see because there is a sense of sympathy for him, even though he’s done bad things. But then again, he only does these bad things because he has to. It’s a fascinating, yet confusing type of character. Throughout the film, Milo talks about how he doesn’t think vampires can’t die. The film ends with Milo getting shot, which was ironic. This shows that not only Milo was still figuring out his “condition”, but maybe he didn’t even have the condition at all. He didn’t really have the basic qualities of being a vampire. He could go out in the sun, he didn’t turn into a bat, plus he would throw up after he fed. Maybe he was just so fascinated with vampires, that he wanted to desperately become one. Maybe that’s how he was coping with his depressing life. I love when films leave things up to the viewer, so everyone can interpret in their own way.

It’s a sad character study on a kid who is lost, but also deals with living as a vampire in a modern world. You don’t really know how to feel towards Milo as he does kill people, but he’s still a sympathetic character. The film’s perfectly paced and the character development couldn’t have been better. If you’re looking for a realistic vampire film that screams indie, this is definitely for you!

RATING – 8.5/10

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