Troubled teen Milo hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality.
When talking with his slightly more mature girlfriend about favourite vampire movies, young Milo insists he prefers them to be ‘realistic’. He cites George A. Romero’s 1978 mini-classic Martin as his favourite, while putting in a good word for Let The Right One In. For her part, Sophie says she prefers Twilight and nags the reluctant purist into reading the book — though he’s determined to prove vampires don’t sparkle.
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’.