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