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Plot: The story of a young man confined to a life of isolation, due to a very rare skin disorder. His world changes when he meets a local bartender and falls in love. Jacob worsening condition Forced by the disease to drink human blood for sustenance law enforcement narrow their focus on him as a suspect in a series of grisly murders. Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 2010
I took my meetup group to go see the premiere of this movie and we all loved it! We even had people in our group who were not vampire movie fans and they loved it too. The characters are well developed and the movie seems to blossom and unfold as you get to know the characters and they get to know themselves. Beautiful effects, and cinematography. The tone of the movie is reminiscent of classic vampire films and thankfully balances out the modern trend of teen friendly idealised young romantic vampire movies. Fantastic acting writing and directing. Highly recommended for Vampire fans, <more>
Independent movie fans, horror fans, and people who like real down to earth and offbeat movies. Not for children!
Captures the Desperation of Loneliness. This is the adult drama that Twilight should have been. (by leonthesleepy)
Making an absorbing drama film in this day in age is a tough job, let alone a Vampire drama.In an age where the mainstream craves for constant action and visual effects, or shallow drama's with their favorite teen stars, Midnight Son is a burning example of an emotional and captivating drama.It isn't flashy, it isn't filled with actors you would know, it is instead filled with grounded performances, and people, instead of caricatures.First, i want to address the comparison to Twilight. Don't worry, this is NOTHING like Twilight, and i wont spoil anything, but i have to admit, <more>
the setting is pretty similar, even the main character looks eerily like Jasper.In Twilight, we have Edward, a vampire masquerading as a teenager to fit in, in which he falls in love with Bella, beginning 4 novels of shallow wants and needs, without ever showing what it means to be a vampire.In Midnight Sons case, its the same premise, except without the fake glamor, and watered down drama. It focuses on the transformation, and the slow realization of the impossible happening, as well as the consequences.Midnight Son for the most part, is a character study on its lead,Jacob.Jacob is an outsider.He sleeps in the day, works the night shift as security. Since young, he developed a disease in which sunlight hurts his skin. As a result, loneliness became his daily function. For the bulk of the film, it isn't just an exploration of the vampire lore, it explore the people behind them.On one of his nights, his rare conditions starts acting up, he seeks help, after exhausting common methods, he goes for more drastic measures.A slow realistic buildup is the name of the game here.Midnight Son never feels false, Jacob is entirely self aware of how ridiculous being a vampire sounds. So he proceeds with caution. Upon a chance encounter, he meets a local bartender, who is just as broken as he is.The performances all around are brilliant, with a strangely personal performance by Zak Kilberg, Jacob. He balances dread, danger and sincerity flawlessly, and becomes the films driving force. Pacing is strong as well, we never delve too long on a plot point, and the story never stalls.The supporting cast is uniformly strong as well, from the love interest to the smallest roles, the craftsmanship here is impressive, and not just from a low budget perspective.Again, the less you know of this film, the better. Jacobs journey is one of both warmth and sadness. The tones switch masterfully, due in no small part to its atmospheric score, and the love plot has a constant danger to it, something the entire Twilight series lacked. Filmed in a documentary style, this is a no nonsense, at times brutal approach to vampire lore.Its mature serious atmosphere is reminiscent of other greats like Let The Right One In.There aren't much flaws to this gem, other than the fact its a small scale film, and the realistic art style isn't the most attractive, and visually, it could be more inventive, as its the only aspect that comes off as low budget. Though it does lend to the films realistic tone.Other than its visuals, its low budget aesthetic never distracts.In a perfect world, this would be the cultural phenomenon that Twilight is. If you want an adult drama about real people, with real emotions, consequences and danger, pick this one up. Even if you aren't into vampire lore, the drama here is certainly for anyone who can stomach it.Hopefully it finds the right audiences and is appreciated for the mature, sincere adult drama that it is.Highly recommended.
Yet another low budget vampire film , having so much depth & grasp for the audience (by MaxDoc)
Yet another low budget film, having so much depth & grasp for the audiencethe "realtime" vampire movie. gives much thrill, as all the recent vampire movies are failed to do so, expelling, touching, full of suspense, brilliant acting making it a masterpiece in vampire cult series..main lead in all the way acting of yet unknown Zak Kilberg drives the film brilliantly to End. the directors pro-founding with their actors are really expelling.. first of all the real vampire story with not much of action but throughout grappling suspense quite give me the new look at the "vampire <more>
being" particularly.. after so called vampires clan Cullen from Twilight series just "jumping on trees" :P.characters of the film are not so much defined for the audience as the plot goes on, instead love-lock between main-lead also provided affection to the questioning "what is gonna happen" first rule of a suspense film giving the audience so much Q that they got struck with the actions going on. and its providing all of it. highly recommended for not only suspense lovers, but to vampires .. see what is a vampire??
Watched this last night at San Francisco's Hole in the Head Festival held at the Roxie Theater. Film way exceeded my expectations. Love the needling pace that works on the mind and builds tension, slowly, throughout. Well-acted. Great casting. Main actor reminded me of a more soul-less Robert Pattison. Clever storyline for an old world theme. A few scenes were abruptly edited but as a whole seemed to work as it left a lot to the imagination. I felt chills run up my spine and eked out a few edge-of-the-seat screams as I grabbed the arm of the guy sitting next to me. Would definitely see <more>
An excellent, atmospheric and brooding horror film with a soul. This is not a cheap and tacky gore fest, it is a sharply written and engaging story of a young man who develops a condition that utterly changes his life. The lead actor, Zac Killberg, inhabits his role totally. He is surely a massive name in the making, the other parts are all solid and convincing. The director, Scott Leberecht is now on my film stalker list. I'll hunt down his next film eagerly.It is appalling that a film like this is barely heard of while utter drivel like "Transformers" rakes in the millions.It <more>
Infuses fresh new blood into a tired genre.... (by ccmiller1492)
Lately the vampire genre has been done to death, with long-running TV series, etc. But somehow, this fine little film has slipped through the cracks, while infusing new blood into the tired formula. I had no expectation of this film being anywhere near as good as it is...but now I would rank it among the best in the genre which boasts very few good entries beyond some of the classic treatments based on the original Bram Stoker novel such as "Brides of Dracula", and the rarer contemporary updates such as "Vampire at Midnight", and "Blood and Donuts"Zak <more>
Killberg's is surely the most realistic and sympathetic portrayals of any of these films...his depiction of the confusion, fear, hesitation, and abysmal lack of self-esteem and loneliness as he struggles to cope with his "illness" and its consequences is nothing less than masterful. It is obvious that this young man is a great actor not yet discovered. His own personality as revealed in an interview extra on the DVD is nothing like the character he so brilliantly portrays in the film. Killberg is upbeat and confident. Contrast his own character with the persona he portrayed and it seems worthy of an Oscar! This is certainly a film that deserves a much greater audience and it may very likely become a treasured cult film in future. Hopefully viewers will have the opportunity to see much more of Mr. Killberg in future..
I went to a screening of this not expecting much. It's got its rough spots, but on a whole I liked it. The idea is fresh for a vampire flick and the performances are fairly good. Maya Parish acts outside the box and Jo D. Jonz makes some interesting choices. It's got the look of film shot on the cheap, probably flying under the radar a few times sans permits, but for the most part that serves the overall grittiness of the thing. This is actually one I'd like to see revisited à la EVIL DEAD. I'd be curious to see what could come of it with more cash, a little script polish, <more>
etc. Hope to see this create some more opportunities for these film makers. Curious to see what's next. Totally worth checking this one out.
This played at the 2011 Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival as one of the "Late Night" offerings, and its labeling as a "vampire" movie probably discouraged some potential viewers. Let's face it, vampire movies have been done to death with all the creative juices long since having been drained out of them -- right? Writer-director Scott Leberecht, however, has somehow found a way to approach this material in such a way that, almost without your realizing it, and without resorting to any of the usual gimmicks, he's created a small, quiet movie that slowly gets under <more>
your skin and haunts the corners of your mind. The final image, resembling a Mayan frieze, will burn into your memory. Praise goes to lead actors Zak Kilberg and Maya Parish with a special nod to Jo D. Jonz as the worker in a hospital blood lab. While not as good as last year's "The Revenant," this can at least be mentioned in the same breath and that's high praise indeed.
This is a very bleak film, that plays out more like a drama than a horror movie. Our main character fights his inner demons and by doing so, fights his urges. Or does he? That is the beautiful part of it all. It seems to play as you intend it to play. You could think that he actually is, what he believes he is, but you could also think that he isn't. To a point that is, this plays both sides.I really liked the movie and the repressed performance by the main actor. He and the movie itself did remind me of a Jude Law movie, that got made about 20 years ago. Although I'm sure most people <more>
will compare this to the recent "Let the right one in", I hope you'll check the other one out too.