The Transfiguration

A New York tale about love, loss… and vampires.


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  • ★★★★★ review by Jacob Knight on Letterboxd

    Imagine DRILLER KILLER/MS. 45 era Abel Ferrara making his LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and you're not too far off. Creepy, filled with dread, but still incredibly sad and empathetic, this is one of the better modern horror movies to come in a long while. The entire thing is stuffed with genuine NYC texture, to the point that we can smell the stale gum caked into the sidewalks. It's frankness regarding how children process oppressive trauma nearly matches the sweetness of a mentally deranged black boy (who thinks he's a vampire a la Romero's MARTIN) and the repeatedly abused girl he shares his first moments of true emotional intimacy with. My absolute favorite movie I've seen at SXSW 2017.

  • ★★★★ review by Melissa McDowell on Letterboxd

    George Romero's Martin is my fave vampire film of all time. I always wondered why no one else ever ripped off the genius idea of a dude who thinks he's a vampire while the audience tries to figure out if he actually is a vampire or just a mentally ill human for the duration of the film. Enter The Transfiguration. Picture me standing and clapping. A nice fresh take. Solid acting from Eric Ruffin keeps Milo eerily sympathetic. Chloe Levine is vulnerabilty incarnate. Music and a shaky voyeuristic handheld camera help ramp up the tension, but this is a slow burning film. Lots to process in here about (unhealthy) responses to loss, grief and trauma too.

  • ★★★½ review by Gabriele Capolino on Letterboxd

    An original take on certain NY-kind of movies rather than the vampire genre. Count me intrigued for what O'Shea does next.

  • ★★★★ review by Sarah_C on Letterboxd

    Milo (Eric Ruffin) is a teenager with a lot on his plate. He’s still coming to terms with his mother’s suicide while dealing with school, local gangs, and taking care of his older brother Lewis (Aaron Clifton Moten). When Sophie (Chloe Levine), an inquisitive and friendly girl, moves to his tenement to live with her abusive grandfather, he must also quickly learn to navigate the murky waters of dating, all the while acting as the sole breadwinner in his house.

    He may also be a vampire.

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  • ★★★★½ review by on Letterboxd

    Tender, touching and tragic, The Transfiguration gives the vampire drama a much needed transfusion. Like so many classical gothic horror stories, it's a tale of doomed love, and the romance is so tangible it makes the impending tragedy all the more impactful.

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