‘Twilight’ On-Camera Movie Review

by Eric Melin on November 21, 2008

in Video Reviews


Stephanie Meyer’s teen vampire romance book Twilight makes it to the big screen this weekend starring Robert Pattinson as Edward and Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan.

There’s no doubt that Twilight will make tons of cash, but will it satisfy fans an non-fans of the book alike? Eric and guest co-host Whitney Mathews (www.whitneymathews.com) review Twilight from the perspective of someone who has and someone who hasn’t read the book.

Is the Catherine Hardwicke-directed vampire romance fantasy Twilight just for teenagers? Find out in this on-camera movie review of Twilight.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Troy November 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

Open ended, ending!! NOOOOOOO

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2 Troy November 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

Open ended, ending!! NOOOOOOO

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3 RCM November 21, 2008 at 3:05 am

I’ve read the first two books (don’t ask) and I think they’re pretty terrible. The movie was in no way good but, I actually enjoyed it more then the book.

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4 RCM November 21, 2008 at 3:05 am

I’ve read the first two books (don’t ask) and I think they’re pretty terrible. The movie was in no way good but, I actually enjoyed it more then the book.

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5 RCM November 21, 2008 at 3:26 am

Small piece of irony, there is currently a movie playing called “Let the Right One In”, and it’s also about a vampire and human who fall in love (kinda, they’re kids). Despite being similar in premiss, “Let the Right One In” and “Twilight” have very little in common. “Twilight” is an angst ridden teen film that amounts to sex appeal and bad acting whereas “Let the Right One In” is an atmospheric horror/art film with true originality. If you’re in the mood for vampy goodness but don’t think you can stomach “Twilight” then there is still something out for you to see.

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6 RCM November 21, 2008 at 3:26 am

Small piece of irony, there is currently a movie playing called “Let the Right One In”, and it’s also about a vampire and human who fall in love (kinda, they’re kids). Despite being similar in premiss, “Let the Right One In” and “Twilight” have very little in common. “Twilight” is an angst ridden teen film that amounts to sex appeal and bad acting whereas “Let the Right One In” is an atmospheric horror/art film with true originality. If you’re in the mood for vampy goodness but don’t think you can stomach “Twilight” then there is still something out for you to see.

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7 Eric Melin November 21, 2008 at 8:29 am

RCM- I actually thought as a character story, Hardwicke got a lot of the unspoken alienation stuff down pat. I believed the relationship, and that’s the most important thing. It was pretty sloppy and needed some more epic cinematic touches, but I was surprised at how much I got wrapped up in it. I hope to see “Let the Right One In,” and … I heard its getting an American remake. Watch out.

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8 Eric Melin November 21, 2008 at 8:29 am

RCM- I actually thought as a character story, Hardwicke got a lot of the unspoken alienation stuff down pat. I believed the relationship, and that’s the most important thing. It was pretty sloppy and needed some more epic cinematic touches, but I was surprised at how much I got wrapped up in it. I hope to see “Let the Right One In,” and … I heard its getting an American remake. Watch out.

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9 Troy November 21, 2008 at 9:25 am

I belive you can watch it online at
http://www.movietvonline.com/movie/1278/Let-The-Right-One-In-2008.html

Now I don’t know how legit this is, because I have not checked it out yet.

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10 Troy November 21, 2008 at 9:25 am

I belive you can watch it online at
http://www.movietvonline.com/movie/1278/Let-The-Right-One-In-2008.html

Now I don’t know how legit this is, because I have not checked it out yet.

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11 RCM November 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm

As mentioned, I enjoyed the movie more than the book. It had a slightly better mood and the love story pulled through. One of my biggest complements I could give the movie, credit to Hardwicke, is the low-budget, under-produced cinematic slant that gives the movie that; we’re trying to look like an indie-movie look; not original, but fun. Ultimately, I didn’t find the story very engaging, but it wasn’t hard to sit through.

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12 RCM November 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm

As mentioned, I enjoyed the movie more than the book. It had a slightly better mood and the love story pulled through. One of my biggest complements I could give the movie, credit to Hardwicke, is the low-budget, under-produced cinematic slant that gives the movie that; we’re trying to look like an indie-movie look; not original, but fun. Ultimately, I didn’t find the story very engaging, but it wasn’t hard to sit through.

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13 ChrisKnudsen November 23, 2008 at 4:28 am

Yeah Eric, when the hell are you going to watch Let the Right One In? That website by the way is not legit and Magnolia has nothing to do that with. I know they are showing some films on HDnet but Let the Right One In is planned to have a full roll out. Let the Right One In is going to be on over 100s of Top 10 lists and is already considered by man as a genre masterpiece. It is easily my favorite film of the year so far. They already pushed the remake to 2010 because it is doing pretty well limited.

Related to Twilight, I will probably watch it when it hits the dollar theater sometime. I am going to rewatch Let the Right One In again tomorrow for it opened last week in Austin. That is the neat thing about having Magnolia in town, every film they will release will at lesat get a theatrical run here.

You need to cover Fantastic Fest next year by the way man.

Not related but when you review Doubt you need to mention that it is the director’s follow up to Joe Vs. the Volcano. My hype meter raised on that film once I saw that it was the same director who hasn’t done anything since then.

What the hell is JD doing by the way? Is he pregnant or something like that?

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14 ChrisKnudsen November 23, 2008 at 4:28 am

Yeah Eric, when the hell are you going to watch Let the Right One In? That website by the way is not legit and Magnolia has nothing to do that with. I know they are showing some films on HDnet but Let the Right One In is planned to have a full roll out. Let the Right One In is going to be on over 100s of Top 10 lists and is already considered by man as a genre masterpiece. It is easily my favorite film of the year so far. They already pushed the remake to 2010 because it is doing pretty well limited.

Related to Twilight, I will probably watch it when it hits the dollar theater sometime. I am going to rewatch Let the Right One In again tomorrow for it opened last week in Austin. That is the neat thing about having Magnolia in town, every film they will release will at lesat get a theatrical run here.

You need to cover Fantastic Fest next year by the way man.

Not related but when you review Doubt you need to mention that it is the director’s follow up to Joe Vs. the Volcano. My hype meter raised on that film once I saw that it was the same director who hasn’t done anything since then.

What the hell is JD doing by the way? Is he pregnant or something like that?

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15 coffee January 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm

seems likely that they will come out with a Twilight sequel pretty soon, there’s a crazy lot of ticket sales at stake

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16 coffee January 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm

seems likely that they will come out with a Twilight sequel pretty soon, there’s a crazy lot of ticket sales at stake

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17 Foot~Detox July 10, 2009 at 2:38 am

Twilight is a thousand times better than Harry Potter. I really love this movie, it is the best movie i have ever watched.

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18 Foot~Detox July 10, 2009 at 2:38 am

Twilight is a thousand times better than Harry Potter. I really love this movie, it is the best movie i have ever watched.

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19 maureene October 18, 2009 at 5:24 am

Twilight is simply the best movie and i am so much addicted to it. Kirsten Stewart is very pretty and Robery Pattinson is so handsome

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20 maureene October 18, 2009 at 5:24 am

Twilight is simply the best movie and i am so much addicted to it. Kirsten Stewart is very pretty and Robery Pattinson is so handsome

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21 Jenny November 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm

oh i am so addicted to watching Twilight movie on my portable DVD player and laptop. Twilight is the best ever movie for me.

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22 Jenny November 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm

oh i am so addicted to watching Twilight movie on my portable DVD player and laptop. Twilight is the best ever movie for me.

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23 Meams November 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

| cannot get enough of the movie Twilight. This is the best movie that i have ever watched. I love the chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

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24 Meams November 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

| cannot get enough of the movie Twilight. This is the best movie that i have ever watched. I love the chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

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25 Ken Parnell May 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t impressed by New Moon so I am not expecting much from Twilight: Eclipse.

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26 Ken Parnell May 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t impressed by New Moon so I am not expecting much from Twilight: Eclipse.

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