Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Midnight Son (2011)

Fear 3/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 2/5

Midnight Son is a great take on the vampire film, full of real moments and instances where our story feels firmly rooted in reality. You won't find any brooding, filled with teen angst, and of the sparkling variety creatures of the night here. Instead, it focuses on the relationship of our two main characters and the plight of a very afflicted young man.

Jacob is a security guard by night because, well, that's really the only thing he can do since he suffers from a rare skin disorder that keeps him a prisoner in his own apartment. Every nook and cranny in his living space is covered to ensure that no light creeps in. He's a pretty simple fellow but you can tell from one look that he suffers a pain of being so incredibly cut off from the rest of the world. You get a sense that he yearns for a normal relationship outside of the one he has with the night janitor at his place of employment.

Enter Mary, a gorgeous young women whom he meets while walking back from his shift late at night. They instantly connect and Jacob comes to find out that she is just as broken as he is. Things soon become complicated for Jacob when he begins to experience serious hunger pains while at work and nothing can seem to satiate his appetite until he turns to raw meat. When milking the blood from the meat at a local grocery store and subsequently drinking it no longer does the trick, Jacob decides to take more drastic measures.

He strikes up a relationship with a nurse at a local hospital who dishes out that day's bloody discards instead of dumping them into the biohazard bin. However, our little arrangement quickly becomes compromised when the couple pints or so that he does get runs out quickly and our nurse stops the supply for fear of discovery. On top of that, we find out that our nurse moonlights as a petty criminal and has a mean streak to boot.

If that wasn't enough, Jacob's world begins to get even more complicated when a detective comes snooping around Jacob's work, asking him about a dead body that was found near it as well as a report of another person who's missing. While not completely accusatory at first, our detective becomes increasingly suspicious as he follows him and Jacob begins to believe he had something to do with both cases.

Our film comes to a bloody and harrowing end as all of our events and characters come to a head. I won't play the spoils here but things get a little out of control for all parties and the relationship of Jacob and Mary becomes physically threatened to the point where Jacob has to make some very painful choices.

Midnight Son isn't your garden variety vampire film. The producer called it 'a thinking man's horror film' and that is a very apt description. It's also refreshing to see something that doesn't appeal to a particular crowd or is stuck with adhering to the tropes of a particular sub genre (read: Victorian-era vamps). This is the best vampire film I've seen since Let The Right One In.

Midnight Son is currently available to rent via various VOD platforms including iTunes and Amazon.

Cortez the Killer


Sir Phobos said...

Well, that looks and sounds awesome. Is this the film from the guy you linked to on Twitter talking about pirating? The guy who went to Pirate Bay or wherever and just asked everyone to not pirate his shit? That was great. I'll do as he asks and not pirate this.

Planet of Terror said...

It is indeed sir. This is definitely worth your hard earned pesos.

Dom said...

Meant to comment on this a while ago, but I ended up seeking out this flick based on this review and really dug the hell out of it. Thanks, Cortez!