It seems I have spoken a lot on these cybernetic pages about vampire movies in recent years. From the good (We are the Night) to the bad (The Reverend) to the ridiculous (Vampire in Vegas) and even the historically epic action-fake-biographical-yet-better-than-a-Spielberg-movie (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. It really is a better Lincoln movie, trust me!)
In many ways it appears that there are no new ideas when it comes to vampire films these days, and that’s where Midnight Son comes in, offering as it does, an alternative to the norm by being, well, normal.
Jacob (Zak Kilberg who stared in Zombie Strippers! no less) is an unusual guy with a very rare skin disorder which prevents him going outside in the sunlight for the fear of burning to death. Working a boring security job, his life is slowly deteriorating, much like his health which worsens due to the fact that no matter how much food he eats he is always hungry.
Things take a turn however when he meets bar tender Mary (Maya Parish), a slightly crazy party girl who opens up to Jacob and in doing so allows him to be himself for once in his life.
Sadly who Jacob is rapidly changes when he discovers that the one thing that can quench his eternal thirst is human blood. This horrible hunger plus his increasingly frequent violent outbursts forces him to push Mary away for fear that he will hurt her, or worse. But with a murder detective on his case it seems that Jacob can’t escape his true nature, what ever that may be, so easily.
Written and directed by Scott Leberecht, Midnight Son aims to take the traditional vampire story and set it in a firm reality, exploring what it really would be like for someone afflicted with the cravings and desires that come with being a blood sucking, inhuman monster.
It also seems that the humanity in this disease and the film as a whole is more concerned with the blossoming relationship of the two damaged leads than actual vampirism. Jacob’s blood addiction is mirrored in Mary’s drug addiction, and thanks to the excellent cast, the film works very well as a tragic, romantic drama that just happens to have a vampire in it.
The naturalistic, almost improvised acting coupled with Leberecht’s arty, documentary style of shooting heightens the realism of the film. However, a third act plot development sadly pushes the movie in more of a clichéd direction, which doesn’t ring true with the rest of the film. This happens with the rise of another vampire baddie that Jacob must defeat to save Mary.
Also it must be said that Midnight Son isn’t really anything that new, with films such as Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction, both versions of Let the Right One In and the recent low budget Daylight Fades offering up modern day takes on the vampire genre.
The most important of all these past influences on Midnight Son is the sublime Martin, by George A. Romero. Apart from exploring all these ideas first, Martin still remains the best alternate take on Dracula in the real world ever committed to film, and it’s still one of the best vampire movies, which is why its in our Top 10 Vampire Films.
Overall Midnight Son is a well made movie with some solid performances that will have a great appeal to any vampire fans. Particularly those seeking a new bloody romantic twist after becoming bored to their sharpened back teeth of seeing the same old blood sucking on their screens.