Midnight Son

If you are tired of seeing the vampire film trivialised for the sake of pure entertainment, then ‘Midnight Son’ is a welcome, refreshing and far more mature approach to the genre. This film focuses on the isolation of vampires in its depiction of a monster, who would prefer to be freed from his curse over having to be a powerful demon. The protagonist Jacob suffers from a dreaded skin disease that means that he can’t bear daylight. He is forced to take on night shifts and consequently lives a very lonely life. One day, he meets the lovely Mary, another nighthawk, who on the other hands suffers from a major drug problem. They fall in love, but as Jacob’s disease develops, he realises that the only thing that can save him is fresh human blood. Blood that he has to procure so that he can lick it out of half-filled blood bags that he has stolen from patients at the local hospital. There is not much romanticism in Scott Leberecht’s big city vampires. Like an early Abel Ferrara, the film’s style is dirty and deliberately messy, like a city should be, and the horror can be found in everyday situations and the entirely straightforward as opposed to in exotic Rococo palaces, abandoned insane asylums or in gloomy basements. ‘Midnight Son’ is a courageous and personal debut, which makes constructive use of the well-known vampire legend.

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