"will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat from start to finish"
Vampire lore has fascinated us for centuries, there have been countless films, TV shows and books centred around the Vampyr, and that’s the subject of today’s review; The Transfiguration from Writer/ Director Michael O'Shea.
We are introduced to troubled teen Milo (Eric Ruffin) as he feeds in a public toilet, this young man believes that he is a Vampire and goes to extraordinary lengths to quench his thirst, however when he strikes up a friendship and eventual relationship with equally troubled teen, Sophie (Chloe Levine) his fantasy blurs into reality.
Milo has extensive research into Vampire lore and goes to great lengths to establish his own rules with embracing his vampiric ways, from hunting rules to lunar cycles, the attention to detail is incredibly creepy.
The central performances of fresh faces Ruffin and Levine is breathtaking, there is a vulnerability as well as a strength to their bond, the film as a whole is simply beautiful and throughout the film, you never quite know what direction it is going in and in this day and age, not knowing anything about a film prior to seeing it, is a refreshing change of pace.
I don’t want to say too much but what I will say is that this film is worth the watch, it’s daring an unapologetic; it is what it is and isn’t afraid to be that and it’s a shame that more filmmakers don’t make unique films of this ilk.
Michael O’Shea and his creative team have crafted a wonderful Drama with Horror elements, and you’ll find yourself both rooting for Milo and rooting against him. The Transfiguration will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat from start to finish, it’s an interesting dichotomy, and even with the way things play out you will still empathise with his plight.