Writer: Michael O’Shea (Screenplay)
Starring: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Danny Flaherty, Anna Friedman, Aaron Moten
Plot: 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.
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
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Verdict: Creepy and Erie
Story: The Transfiguration starts as we meet lonely teenager Milo (Ruffin), he has been fascinated by vampires for years which has made him the outcast in the neighbourhood, he gets bullied and threated by the gangs while living with his brother Lewis (Moten). When Sophie (Levine) moves into the same apartment, it isn’t long before the two becomes friends, even if they have differing opinions on vampires.
When Milo’s world becomes blurred he doesn’t know whether he is having fantasies about becoming a vampire or committing vampire like attacks on friends and loved ones.
Thoughts on The Transfiguration
Characters – Milo is the lonely teenager that keeps to himself while feeding his obsession with vampires, he watches countless amounts of movies learning what the good and bad ones will be, his lonely life changes when he meets Sophie who finally gives him someone to talk to and hang out with, Milo is a character that knows how to stay out of trouble while having very troubled thoughts. Sophie is the new girl to the apartment, she has suffered abuse in the past and still receives it from her grandfather. She opens up to Milo seeing him as a different person to the normal guys their age, she evens sees past his obsession.
Performances – Eric Ruffin gives us a wonderful performance, he gives us a character that feels very distant from the world and that is what is needed in this film. Chloe Levine brings us a performance that is very good, we understand her characters pain while seeing how she needs to escape her world.
Story – The story here tackles real life issues with mental health, loneliness and surviving the tough a neighbourhood. We see how one teenager is battling with his own personal problems by creating an illusion that vampires are part of his life. While the horror fans will want to see more on the horror side of the story, this story does focus on the performances of the characters situation and brings us a look at the troubles young people can have.
Horror – The film focuses on the idea of a vampire being obsessed with them and whether they are real, but we don’t get too much about the involvement of horror.
Settings – The film is set the rough neighbourhoods, I want to say LA, or a city similar to that, which helps show the different classes living in the neighbour.
Special Effects – The effects are used well when needed while the film doesn’t turn to them for the importance of the story.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderful character driven horror that shows us just how mental health can affect people in everyday life if not addressed correctly.
Overall: Wonderful drama.