Fancying himself a young bloodsucker, Milo (Eric Ruffin) uses a knife concealed inside a fountain pen to slice the throats of his victims. Perhaps he should find a new obsession: the poor lad can barely keep his lunch down, and no descendent of Dracula would ever allow a gang of high school bullies to get the best of him. Trying hard to play against expectations, writer-director Michael O’Shea casts a black teenager in the lead role of an urban vampire film. It’s a decision that ultimately works in the film’s favor, but only up to a point. The scenes between Milo and his newfound girlfriend Sophie (Chloe Levine) add much-needed poignance and equilibrium, but what O’Shea’s script refuses to confront, let alone overcome, is the thorough unlikeability of his serial-killing lead character. Even more offensive is the steady flow of Tarantino-influenced pop-culture references to old movie vampires. (2016) — Scott Marks
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