Monday, May 29, 2006

Review: Subspecies (1991)

5 out of 5 stars
Radu is the baddest vampire since Orlok. He's got wonderfully snaggly teeth, a filthy mother-of-pearl pallor, long creepy fingers, and three little devil beasties (the subspecies of Subspecies) to help him out. Even better, he spits out his dialogue in throaty demonic whispers. And, just as Orlok did, he staggers about like a gin drunk.
Best Quote: Radu: "Such a touching tableau. Your pain, little brother, makes me sick."
The film follows the father-slayer Radu Vladislava as he sets about creating a consort from three lovely students visiting Transylavania to complete dissertations on Romanian folklore. The setting is superb, and the cinematography far surpasses regular Full Moon fare. There are many sets involved and a fairly large cast. The film is well-acted and even features Angus Scrimm in the brief role of Radu's pops.
While all three women, and their protector, Radu's brother Steffan, put in good performances, there is no way they can compare to Anders Hove's scene-munching performance as the chief blood-drooler. He's almost too over the top, but he succeeds masterfully in walking the fine line and delivering a first rate performance.
The only problem I have with the film, is a five-minute series of poorly-edited scenes when the girls begin getting picked off by Radu. Other than that, the pacing is superb, and really builds to an exciting climax.
The gore effects are great, and the vampires look thouroughly disgusting.
While Puppet Master and Re-animator got me interested in Band and Co. many moons ago, the Subspecies series really delivers the goods, and has kept me a fan.

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Blogger Lebatron said...

I didn't like it.

7:58 PM  
Blogger platyjoe said...


1:57 PM  
Blogger Dusk said...

lebatron: a wonder with words.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was well acted,paced,and the Subspecies stop motion by David Allen was great.Saw Petrified,and man did it blow.Evil Bong looks funny.

9:25 PM  
Anonymous SynchPedro86 said...

Subspecies is a good vampire film that has a really great vampire in Radu. It has a very good setting that is just right for this sort of film. The only thing that bothered me is that it meant Charles had to alter the Trancers storyline in order to save his precious budget, which was probably diminishing after shooting for Subspecies was wrapped up.

The acting was kind of hammy. But then again, I think many Full Moon movies were like that. They often got no name actors to star in their movies.

At least Charles Band is beginning to get back on form, with a new Puppet Master and a new Demonic Toys film in the making.

Subspecies is on YouTube.

12:31 PM  

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