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Bloodstone - Subspecies 2 [DVD]

Anders Hove , Denice Duff , Ted Nicolaou    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Anders Hove, Denice Duff, Kevin Blair, Melanie Shatner, Michael Denish
  • Directors: Ted Nicolaou
  • Producers: Charles Band
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 88 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,680 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The centuries-old conflict that has plagued the villages of Transylvania explodes into bloodshed. The mad vampire Radu (ANDERS HOVE) becomes obsessed with Michelle (DENICE DUFF), who loves his half-mortal brother Stefan. In his quest to possess Michelle and the sacred relic, the Bloodstone, Radu destroys Stefan as he sleeps. Michelle steals the Bloodstone and escapes from Radu s castle. She finds a lair beneath a theatre in Bucharest and stalks the streets in torment, torn between her fading humanity and her growing thirst for blood. Radu, desperate to regain the Bloodstone, seeks help from his monstrous mother, the ageless sorceress Mummy, who demands the he destroy Michelle before she destroys him...

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Subspecies 2: Bloodstone

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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(I touch on some spoilers here, particularly for the first film but also for this one)

I didn't much care for the first Subspecies - it was predictable, dull, badly acted and completely underwhelming. Only the Romanian locations worked for it - Anders Hove and Angus Scrimm were even dull as their vampiric characters! The Full Moon US Blu-ray release didn't help matters - much as the DVD looked like VHS (because it was taken from a VHS/laserdisc master), the Blu-ray looked only slightly better than a DVD!

Still, I'd read a few reviews of this movie, Bloodstone: Subspecies II, that said it was "much better than the first", including the trusted The Psychotronic Video Guide to Film which said "Believe it or not, this is one of the best vampire movies in years". So, hesitantly I bought the 88 films disc and have to say I don't regret it at all.

Things start wonderfully with the killing off of the worst characters from the first film, an excellent selection of grue effects (a still living vampire head, another vampire head reattaching itself to it's body in a clever and gross inversion of the famous spider-head scene from 'The Thing') and quickly we realise director Ted Nicolau is out to make up for the mistakes of the past. The direction here is excellent - this actually feels like a real movie with every shot done with enough takes to get it right, rather than the "rush and get it on camera" feel of the first film, which was among the worst of Direct to Video stylings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vampires in the city 22 Feb 2014
You can't keep a good horror villain down, so it doesn't come as a surprise that ghoulish vampire Radu's death lasts about.... oh, five and a half minutes.

Sadly, "Subspecies II" doesn't quite live up to the standards of its colorful B-movie predecessor. Oh, it's still got plenty of gooey blood, skeletons and Radu being hilariously awesome, but the main characters seem to have been badly wussified. And the introduction of Radu's "mummy" (who even looks like one) just doesn't add anything to the movie.

When the "subspecies" creatures reattach Radu's head, he returns to life and immediately kills Stefan. Michelle (Denise Duff) barely manages to escape his castle with the Bloodstone (which has somehow morphed into a white stone in a claw) and runs away to the nearest city. She pleads with her sister Becky to come get her, then immediately ends up on a wild trip through the city's nightside.

Meanwhile, Radu has decided that he sorta kinda likes Michelle, so he asks his "mummy" to help him take back the Bloodstone and make Michelle his plaything. Yes, the evil vampire is asking his mommy to help him. Meanwhile, Becky (Melanie Shatner, daughter of William) arrives in Romania and tries to figure out what is going on with her sister, and discovers the horrifying truth of what Michelle is enmeshed in.

Even though it takes place only minutes after the last movie, "Subspecies II" doesn't work quite as well. The major reason is that both Michelle and Radu are drastically wussified - Michelle spends most of the story whining, crying and throwing up, and Radu starts running to his desiccated mother for help.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don' waste your money 10 Jun 2013
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Absolutely awful third rate rubbish!
I recon if it cost a tenner to make this film, they overspent.
It now resides in the bin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: Subspecies 2 4 Feb 2013
By Carl Manes - Published on
Full Moon's Gothic vampire saga continues with BLOODSTONE: SUBSPECIES 2! Michele awakens to find herself a slave to the vampire blood that is now coursing through her veins. She quickly grabs the Bloodstone before escaping from Castle Vladislas and trying to find her way home. Meanwhile, the dark prince Radu has been restored to life by his evil minions, and he sets out to reclaim his birthright from his fleeing fledgling. SUBSPECIES 2 is an excellent follow-up that often succeeds over the original. Director Ted Nicolaou includes more of the light and shadow play that add an eerie sense of dread to the misty streets of Bucarest. The results are even more effective than before, but still use the simplest means necessary to accomplish the each of the frightening scenes. Anders Hove returns with another venomous performance as Radu, but he is unexpectedly upstaged by newcomer Denise Duff standing in for Laura Tate as Michele. Duff is a classic beauty, with an overwhelming sadness and strength that have been brought on by her new powers. It is her performance that counterbalances Radu's evil and carries their epic struggle through the second and third films. With a stronger story, superior special effects, and better overall acting, SUBSPECIES 2 is easily the highlight of the series.

-Carl Manes
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4.0 out of 5 stars This sequel sees a most welcome upgrade in effects and a small loss in character credibility; still enjoyable 1 Dec 2013
By John's Horror Corner - Published on
SIDEBAR: This was filmed back to back with Subspecies III, which follows in the spirit of the franchise by picking up exactly where this movie ends.

Michelle narrates as this sequel picks up immediately where Subspecies left off: fledgling vampire vixens lay dead on the ground beside Radu's beheaded body (Anders Hove; Subspecies I-IV, Critters 4).

Director Ted Nicolaou (Subspecies, Terror Vision, Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys) has stepped up his game. Right away the effects seem to have graduated from the already impressive (i.e., on a low budget) Subspecies. The claymation of Radu's subspecies minions is green-screened more subtly and their movements are more ambitious as, for example, two of the diminutive demons work together to remove the wooden stake from Radu's chest. As Radu's head reattaches itself we find much more elaborate effects and creative gore than previously seen. A la The Thing (1982), arterial tendrils whip from his detached head and affix themselves to his body. As they drag his head into place is spinal cord extends outward to receive it. Already I'm impressed!

But wait, there are more new effects hailing scare-tastic fun. When Radu slays his sleeping brother (who defeated him in a the end if Subspecies), we watch as Stefan's face sinks into a fleshy slimy mess with exsanguination. We also enjoy more creative depictions of Radu's "shadow gliding" ability (which allows him to quickly move "through" interconnecting shadows).

Replacing Laura Mae Tate (Dead Space, Subspecies), Denice Duff (Subspecies III-IV, Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation) assumes the role of now-vampire Michelle, who was turned by Stefan in the end of Subspecies. Escaping the castle with the bloodstone and slowly learning what it means to be a vampire, Michelle turns to her sister Becky (Melanie Shatner; The Alien Within, Subspecies III, Star Trek V) for help. Meanwhile Radu turns to his "Mummy" (Pamela Gordon; Weird Science, Poltergeist II, Subspecies III, Alien Nation), a crone-like ghoul akin to an unwrapped mummy that is hungry for the bloodstone.

Embassy representative Mel and local Romanian Lt. Marin try to help Becky find her sister. They then team up with occult history Professor Popescu and visit the fortress where Michelle was staying (in Subspecies). Whereas the effects in this sequel are far superior to the original, these characters (including our female leads Becky and Michelle) just aren't as strong as the protagonists in part 1. They don't carry the scenes well and often they don't seem confident enough for their roles. Only in the final scene do Michelle and Becky find the strength to fight Radu. Understandably, Michelle spent much of the story suffering from her transition to vampirism and the associated urges. But I just feel too much of this movie's running time was filled with unconfident characters.
Here's another issue. The franchise is called Subspecies yet we only see the subspecies demons in the opening scene. This sequel is called Bloodstone yet the Bloodstone seems to play really no more major part in this sequel than in the original (or part 3, FYI).

Accordingly, the finale is not as powerful as part 1. Yes, Radu is again defeated and yes, there's some blood, some fire and a lot of stabbing. But it's nothing special and has nothing as cool as the decapitation or "chandelier death" of the original. Maybe it's not fair to compare it to the fantastic effects and gore of the opening scene, or maybe they just didn't try as hard because Subspecies III was filmed back to back with this and they never put much thought into a "big ending" (as they clearly did for Subspecies), already being obviously aware that this was not "the end." If that's the case, then part 3 better have one Hell of a finale!

In either case, I very much enjoyed this and, as I'd advise you, I watched Subspecies III immediately after this for the sake of story continuity. So enjoy and stay tuned for my review of Subspecies III: Bloodlust.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good witty 80's horror 22 July 2013
By Gehring - Stevens Family - Published on
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Funny Witty good story Radu is a little annoying but then again hes a bad guy and its an 80's movie so cheesy was the norm in the 80's good movie good flashback for those who enjoy being nostalgic
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