Directed by Michael O'Shea
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.
★★★★½ review by Jerome1994 on Letterboxd
I had to think about how I actually felt about this movie for a bit, but it looks like the movie won me over. The movie is a lot like Let The Right One in or the remake Let Me In (both incredible movies by the way), I've said this before I'm a huge horror fan and I can attempt that the Vampire genre has not been treated very well for the past couple years. However this movie is definitely a different take on the genre, the characters in this movie have a lot of development and the acting is actually really good. The movie is surprisingly moving, which is something I would never expect from a movie like this. If someone were to come up to me and say "a Vampire movie is gonna move you" I would probably laugh, I will say this if you are expecting this to be a campy and goofy vampire movie then you have definitely came to the wrong movie. Because this movie is not campy or goofy at the slightest, it's one of those movies that you seriously have to think about. Heck I wasn't even so sure if I liked it or not, I think what won me over was how the movie tackled the vampire genre and made it into a coming of age horror movie. That had very well developed characters, really suspenseful and just overall well thought of. I'm not going to say anymore because I want you guys to watch this one, you won't be disappointed! Definitely one of my favorite movies of the year!!!
★★★★ review by Chris Genro on Letterboxd
I'm having a really love/hate relationship with this film right now. On one hand it really moved me with its character relationships and commentary on loneliness and alienation. But on the other hand its painfully slow in areas and the constant name dropping of "real" vampire films kept pulling me out of the story.
The performances by our two leads Milo (Eric Ruffin) and Sophie (Chloe Levine) are absolutely fantastic and I was immediately taken in by their awkwardness and dynamic as they play off each other perfectly. You want them to find a way to make things work and be happy together.
If I was to think of films this reminds me of it would have to be Let The Right One In (2008) mixed with Martin (1978) and set in a poor neighborhood in New York. I really think this will appeal to film fans who appreciate drama with a dose of horror as this film very much focuses on character building and relationships rather than violence and gore. That's not to say the film doesn't have its disturbing moments but it takes some time to get going.
So overall a really enjoyable experience that's bought down a bit by some pacing issues and the need to be a little to in your face with its inspirations. 4/5 stars.
★★★★ 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 TheMovieWaffler.com 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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