The Transfiguration

★★☆☆ – (2016) – A young man who drinks the blood of his victims has a hard time maintaining a new friendship. Enjoyable for its quiet take on vampires, but feels a but too much like a film it mentions, Let the Right One In. This is also slow enough to add weight to your eyelids, but still serves as middle-tier entertainment.

Afflicted

★★☆☆ – (2013) – A young man on vacation in a foreign land is attacked by, and gradually becomes, a vampire. Has the authentic feel of a reality show in the early stages, and the lead’s slow dissolve into vampirism is effective. By the end, however, anything insightful becomes routine, and the found footage gimmick feels unnecessary.

Cryptz

★★☆☆ – (2002) – Three friends are forced into a strip club housed by vampires. Does the best it can with a dirt cheap budget, though the standard plot only leads to an okay-at-best time. Gets by on likable characters and a few horror moments worth noting.

Byzantium

★★½☆ – (2012) – A sixteen-year-old vampire struggles with her existence alongside her mother. Takes its sweet ass time going about typical vampire dramatics, but has enough unique inclusions that set this apart from other tales of bloodsucker lore. Leans toward the dull side, yet you do care about character outcomes.