'Twilight' fans flock to 'New Moon' midnight showing

Skye Kinkade

“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 said and 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."

Mount Shasta Area Newspapers