More Moonlight than Twilight, The Transfiguration is a defining vampire film of the mid-2010s. An acutely observed study of social/emotional deprivation, but also a gripping, disturbing horror movie. And, yes, it’s ‘realistic’.
A strange, solidly-acted slow burn studded with shocking moments, The Transfiguration may prove too tender for horror fans and too grim for indie purists; but it slides between genres with a good deal of imagination, sensitivity and grace.
A little too self-conscious to connect, but the anti-hero lead is compelling enough.
What follows is a chilling but empathetic horror film about a kid with limited options trying to free himself from the curse of his own life. It’s a vampire film, but one in which society sucks the life out of those forever stuck on the bottom rung.
An unhappy marriage of indie arthouse movie and slasher flick, lacking the conviction of either genre.