Twilight fans flock to New Moon midnight showing

Skye Kinkade
An excited Twilight fan holds up her cozy Edward blanket during a sold out midnight showing of New Moon at the Mt. Shasta Cinema on Thursday.

“It’s midnight, it’s a school night, and I’m at the movies,” said June Kay, one of the many excited Twilighters who sold out Thursday’s midnight showing of New Moon at Mt. Shasta Cinema.

It’s not often that an event can lure such large crowds out on a blustery weeknight in Siskiyou County, but it seems that a breathtakingly handsome vampire did the trick.

New Moon – the second movie in the much-loved Twilight series – attracted teens, their parents, and yes, even 30 year old public relations managers and newspaper reporters for a late-night Edward fix.

June and her friend, Tiana Mozina, however, weren’t there for the vampires. They were there for the werewolves.

“We’re on team Jacob,” they laughed as they grabbed a snack and headed into the theater.

Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is a sexy vampire with a conscience in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. He drinks only the blood of animals to stay alive. He’s deeply in love with an obliviously beautiful human girl, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart).

After the heart-pounding romance of Twilight, Edward feels he must break up with Bella to protect her from those who want to suck her blood in New Moon.

In a haze of depression, a heartbroken Bella stumbles through her senior year at Forks High School, only to be  somewhat brought back to life by her dear friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), who also happens to be a werewolf and the sworn enemy of bloodsuckers (even those with a conscience.)

Though the movies haven’t received rave reviews from critics (Rotten Tomatoes gives it an average score of 4.7 out of 10, while Roger Ebert gives it but one star), true fans emerged from the theater giddy after two hours immersed in the romantic world of Twilight.

The Mt. Shasta Cinema will be showing New Moon throughout the week, at 3:15 p.m., 6:10 p.m., and 9:10 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 12:20 p.m.

Mount Shasta’s June Kay and Tiana Mozina give the camera a grin before they head into the packed theater to see New Moon at midnight on Thursday.