Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Subspecies (1991)

The vile vampire prince Radu usurps his father's throne in order to claim his birthright, the Bloodstone, an ancient relic that contains the blood of the saints. Radu's half-brother Stefan is the only one who can stop him, but when three American students become trapped in their struggle, Stefan will be forced to choose between saving the woman he loves and avenging his father! SUBSPECIES returns the vampire film to its classic Gothic traditions, creating an epic Horror fantasy that is draped in Harlequin Romance. Ted Nicolaou draws heavily from F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU in both style and form, using simple light and shadow to create his most frightful effects. The misty Romanian locales and ancient castle ruins create a mystical aura that surrounds the film. Anders Hove plays Radu perfectly over the top, a Max Schreck for the Modern Age. With long talons, a menacing scowl, and jet black eyes staring out from his pale complexion, Radu is a indeed a terrifying villain. Save for a few struggles with the pace and some of the weaker side performances, SUBSPECIES proves to be one of Full Moon's greatest achievements. The series would spawn three sequels that continue to expand on the relationship between Radu and his fledgling Michelle.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like SUBSPECIES:
MERIDIAN, EMBRACE OF THE VAMPIRE, NOSFERATU, DRACULA, BLOODRAYNE.

4 comments:

  1. I am such a sucker for this series. I loved these movies. Definitely my favorite of the Full Moon franchise.

    Funny that you would bring this one up. Last Friday at the Davis Graveyard Drive we watched an entire disk of Full Moon trailers. So this Friday we are trading Hammer Friday for Full Moon Friday!

    Cheers!

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  2. My dear Froggie, this is the PERFECT Davis Graveyard flick, filled with eerie mists and ghastly ghouls! I will make it up there for movie night one of these days ;)

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  3. One of my favorite vampire films. No, seriously. As cheesy as this is, I love Anders Hove and I love what they did with Radu in this. Plus, it's got Angus Scrimm in it, you just can't beat that.:D

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  4. I really enjoy the first sequel as well, but by 4 it just gets dragged through the mud.

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