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Midnight Son [DVD]


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  • Directors: Scott LEBERECHT
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Monster Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009TR785U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS From the director of The Blair Witch Project, MIDNIGHT SON is the story of Jacob (Zak Kilberg, Zombie Strippers!, Lincoln Heights), a young man confined to a life of isolation, due to a rare skin disorder that prevents him from being exposed to sunlight. His world opens up when he meets Mary (Maya Parish, How I Met Your Mother) , a local bartender, and falls in love. Tragically, Jacob s actions become increasingly bizarre as he struggles to cope with the effects of his worsening condition.

Forced by the disease to drink human blood for sustenance, he must control his increasingly violent tendencies as local law enforcement narrow their focus on him as a suspect in a series of grisly murders.

Directed by Scott Leberecht, a well - known name on the festival circuit, MIDNIGHT SON is a twisting, terrifying tale of vampirism and humanity and how the two conditions can intertwine.

EXTRAS
  • Trailer
  • Audio Commentary with Cast & Crew
  • Deleted scenes
  • Cast and Crew interviews (Scott Leberecht, Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish, Jo. D. Jonz & Lyn Moncrief)


AWARDS
  • Best Feature - Another Hole In The Head
  • Silver Raven - Brussels Fantastic Film Festival


REVIEWS
  • " MARTIN meets LET THE RIGHT ONE IN " - Darkside
  • "...impeccable, daring and undoubtedly remarkable... " - Bloody Disgusting
  • " A smart, intense, and unpredictable film " - Dread Central
  • " A blood-sucking masterpiece " - Horror Channel

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Dandy Highwayman on 2 April 2013
Format: DVD
'Midnight Son' tells of Jacob, a young guy who has to live in isolation and keep away from daylight.

One of the many flaws in this film is that we never really know why, other than he has (and seemingly always has had) a rare skin disorder which leads to his skin blistering almost instantly in sunlight.

For all that this film is a 'slow burner' the time is not spent developing the characters to any depth - the same can definitely be said for the girl he meets (played by Maya Parish); instead it sort of 'plods' along with not enough interest or intrigue to really keep you focussed.

Jacob basically yearns to drink more and more blood as his illness seems to heighten; this leads to many nightime trips to his local butcher (who, no questions asked, seems happy to sell him bags of blood!) and latterly to a local hospital.

If you want to see a genuinely brilliant 'real life of a vampire' film look no further than Chan-Wook Park's 'Thirst' Thirst [DVD] [2009].

If you've seen 'Thirst' like me you'll probably have felt utterly convinced and strangely sad during the fateful final scene. Problem here is that I didn't truly believe in Jacob, his love interest or indeed the situation they were in. Jacob wasn't altogether likeable (in fact his dithering became grating!) and therein lies the major problem; I'm guessing we were meant to feel sorry for him?

For all that 'Midnight Son' isn't terrible and does eventually have a point a combination of its ponderous pace, Jacob's general meekness/indecison and the unconvincing chemistry between the lead characters condemn it to the 'average' category.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Feb 2013
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Jacob has a rare skin disorder that means he has to keep out of the sun so he works permanent nights as a security guard. He also finds that no matter what he eats he is always hungry until he drinks the left over blood from some steak packaging. When the janitor at his place of work tells him that we don't stop growing until we're 25 and he is like a caterpillar turning into something special like a butterfly he realises that there is more to his condition than he thinks. Meeting Mary; another lost soul, and his search for more blood to drink lead to all sorts of complications.
This is a clever and realistic take on the vampire legend. We never find out how Jacob got infected but it seems to have been as a child, maybe he was born that way. The story is slow and sometimes you just want to slap him for being pathetic but it won't lose your attention. None of the characters are sympathetic but they are well drawn despite the sometimes clumsy acting.
If vampire movies are your thing then this is a worthwhile addition to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Jun 2013
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The film is a modern take on the vampire theme minus the supernatural and magical elements. Twenty-four year old Jacob (Zak Kilberg) is a recluse who paints and works nights as mall security. He meets Mary (Maya Parish) who likes the nose candy and has her own issues. Through a series of events Jacob discovers he likes blood, human blood like a fat kid likes cake.

He develops cravings which gets him into the expected mess as one might guess when someone craves human blood. You don't see everything that happens. This is to create the feeling of Jacob's black outs and the production's budgetary concerns. Such is art.

The movie ends at the point it would start to make an interesting film such as "Psychos in Love" which I liked better.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Maya Parish)
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I've never seen a film quite like this one. The look and feel of the film is wonderful. Brilliant from start to finish.
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Amazon.com: 35 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
NIce indy find. 19 April 2012
By alfred - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this movie, it is surprisingly well shot and paced, especially for an Indy. It has lots of atmosphere, and the director successfully creates an ever increasing sense of dread as the film unfolds. Also, the San Francisco area locations are well represented and add a nice sense of scale and intimacy to the proceedings. Some may find it less then action packed, but there is a lot of promise on display here that well cancels out whatever growing pains might be evident. Nice job.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
On my top 10 list 12 July 2012
By Flossy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie offers a fresh take on the genre. I found myself easily identifying with the main character, and the melancholic mood reminded me of Let The Right One In, another of my favorite vampire movies. The choice of the scriptwriters to focus on realism was a welcome change from the overly supernatural offerings that are so common. If you like vampire flicks that are thought provoking instead of kill-a-minute (although it has its share) get this movie.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nicely done and better than expected 11 Aug 2012
By Viva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a very nicely done story of a man who discovers that he is turning into a vampire, while at the same time falling in love with a young woman who becomes increasingly worried about him. It was far better than expected, well acted and photographed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Saw it 2 times 14 Aug 2012
By MobiusX - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't know if this movie came out in theatre but it should have. This is how a vampire movie should be done. Vampire movies always turn out into a romantic soap opera instead of a horror movie. I'm not saying this is the scariest vampire movie, but it's how it would be if it took place in 2012. This makes the list of my top 20 vampire movies. I saw it by myself. I liked it so much invited a friend and saw it together. This is the type of movie they would show on Sci Fi channel during the month of October in celebration of Halloween. Enjoy the movie.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Smart Vampire Flick for Folks who Like it That Way 7 Aug 2012
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Darn it I loved this movie. I've been thinking about it for days since seeing it. It's one of those films that lingers on the brain long after it's been viewed.

The acting is superb and there is such amazing attention to detail. The script is truly clever and, although a slow burn of a movie, watching it smolder and build to a bonfire is truly engrossing.

As others have said, this isn't so much a horror film in a traditional sense; it is more psychological horror intertwined with romance and a quite well executed one at that.

There was one lingering question that I still scratch my head at a bit and wish had been clarified, though:

<VER TINY SPOILER FOLLOWS!>

I'm confused about the dude who played the Caprisun drink in the car... I thought he was earlier dead and drained on the table so wasn't quite clear on how they were getting more "juice" out of him in the car ride.

<END SPOILER>

In the end, it's just a smart vampire flick for folks who like their vampire flicks smart, and the taste of it will linger on the lips and palette long after you've digested it. ;)
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