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SUBSPECIES
1991 / Horror, Fantasy
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Directed by Ted Nicolaou
Written by Jackson Barr and David Pabian
Starring Anders Hove, Irina Movila, Laura Mae Tate, Michelle McBride, Ivan J. Rado, Michael Watson and Angus Scrimm

Three students get caught in the struggle between a good vampire and his evil brother in the Transylvanian mountains.

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Subspecies (1991)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

4 / 10
I didn't particularly enjoy this movie. The Romanian setting serves it well and Radu is an interesting character, but I did not care at all for the other characters in the movie and it felt rather dull throughout too many parts of the movie. There are a few decent effects, but also plenty of questionable ones too, especially the little minion things which just look layered onto the screen.

I'm not a huge fan of vampire movies either, so that certainly doesn't help the cause.
Subspecies (1991)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
One of the first American films made in Romania, Subspecies has a very authentic feel to it, and while I don't necessarily love the story, I do think that this movie has a lot going for it.

Full Moon Productions, who also brought to life the Puppet Master series, along with the enjoyable Castle Freak, did quite well with Subspecies, especially given I'm not really much of a vampire fan. Here, the design of the antagonist Radu (played by Anders Hove) is pretty damn good, reminiscence of Orloc from Nosferatu with his abnormally long fingers. The vibe to the film is great, and any scene that took place in the Romanian woods, or near a castle, or even in the small village, had a lot of atmosphere.

Ivan J. Rado was perhaps my favorite performance from the film. He doesn't shine from the beginning, but once things get going, he proves to be a very useful person to have on your side. Of course, Hove does fantastic as the villainous Radu, and has a very threatening feel to him. I wasn't deeply enthralled with Michael Watson or his character, but it still worked out decently. Laura Mae Tate did great as the lead woman, though, and it's a shame that she wasn't really in many things aside from this (only thing of note was 1991's Dead Space, a disappointing remake of 1982's Forbidden Planet).

I don't love a whole lot of vampire films, and I certainly wouldn't say that I love Subspecies, but I did enjoy it a lot more this time around as opposed to when I first saw it. The story isn't really what my go-to in horror is, but given that the film carries with it such a solid vibe (filming in Romania really did a lot for this one, I think), I can forego any strong feelings of dislike concerning the story.

One small-note - the stop-motion minions of Radu didn't really look the best, and I don't really think they were used enough to warrant their inclusion. Perhaps that changes as the series goes on (I've not seen, as of yet, any of the sequels), but here, they didn't do that much, and looked somewhat goofy while not doing it.

There's few vampire films that I really enjoy, but I do appreciate Subspecies, and I certainly think that the film isn't anywhere near bad. It's not my usual type of thing, but a lot is done right, and the vibe is to kill for. Definitely worth a look if you're a fan of either vampires or other Full Moon Entertainment movies. 7.5/10 (Rounded up to 8/10 to fit site's format).
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