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'Midnight Son'
(Zak Kilberg, Tracey Walter, Arlen Escarpeta, Kevin McCorkle, et al / DVD / NR / (2011) 2012 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: Midnight Son is the story of Jacob, 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, 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.

DVD Verdict: 'Midnight Son' 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!

There are no exspensive special effects but the movie is well acted and directed. The story pulls you in and holds you there. I have to admit I don't like movies that don't explain the origins of something but this one did not bother me. I think you will enjoy watching.

I say that, but there was one lingering question that I still scratch my head at a bit and wish had been clarified though! In truth, I'm a little 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?

Thats just a minor thing though for in the end 'Midnight Son' is 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, trust me!! This is a Widescreen Presentatin (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Audio Commentary with Scott Leberecht and Stars