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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood in Romania
Ah, vampire B-movie schlock. Not big blockbusters starring Anne Rice vamps or Stephenie Meyer sparklepires, but lower-budget affairs splattered with blood. One of the best examples of the genre is "Subspecies," a movie with a genuinely creepy villain and lots of atmosphere... as well as some of the dumbest heroes EVER.

American grad students Michelle (Laura...
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by E. A Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars subspecies
A little thin on plot, mimimum working cast and location are overused in parts. A great dependency to look like Nosferatu and keep within the Transylvania scenario. Luckily it keeps to its vampire roots and delivers the mood that takes it through to sequels showing it has the quality to be a great addition to the vampire genre. The special effects rely on tiny demon...
Published on 27 Sep 2007 by D. Cowan


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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood in Romania, 21 Feb 2012
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Subspecies [DVD] (DVD)
Ah, vampire B-movie schlock. Not big blockbusters starring Anne Rice vamps or Stephenie Meyer sparklepires, but lower-budget affairs splattered with blood. One of the best examples of the genre is "Subspecies," a movie with a genuinely creepy villain and lots of atmosphere... as well as some of the dumbest heroes EVER.

American grad students Michelle (Laura Tate) and Lillian (Michelle McBride) meet their friend Mara (Irina Movila) in a small Romanian town, so they can write their dissertations on Romanian folklore. Their investigations bring them to a ruined castle where vampires were once said to dwell, as well as an encounter with the broodingly handsome Stefan (Michael Watson). Guess what Stefan is!

But it turns out there is still vampiric stuff afoot: the evil, ghoulish Radu (Anders Hove) has returned to the castle, and has murdered his own dad to steal the Bloodstone (which supposedly drips the blood of saints). And he's decided to make all three girls his consorts -- meaning that only Stefan and an elderly Romanian man can save the day!

"Subspecies" is a pretty cheesy piece of work. Within two minutes of the movie's beginning, we have a hammy, raspy-voiced vampire snapping off his fingertips to make tiny stop-motion demons. And that's before the bare boobs and copious blood-drooling come in.

But it also has a gloriously spooky ambience, relying on ruined medieval buildings and gliding shadows to imbue a sense of fear. And as the movie was actually shot in Romania, it has a lot of the ambience -- the scene where the girls visit an elaborate festival of masks, stakes and white horses gives it a cultural tang that many movies lack.

Unfortunately... the characters are perfect examples of "good is dumb." They make one stupid blunder after another, such as Michelle running out of the church to meet the dead friend she just buried. And brooding, sensitive Stefan is one of the wimpiest vampires I've ever seen -- what kind of vampire is completely immobilized by a NET?

However, the old Romanian man is absolutely AWESOME -- despite being maybe eighty years old, he has more brains and cojones than anyone else in the story. And Radu is a deliciously disgusting villain, with his stringy fingers, ghoulish face and drooling mouth.

"Subspecies" suffers from having a truly idiotic cast of characters, but otherwise it's a cheesy, atmospheric little B-movie. On to the sequels...
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3.0 out of 5 stars subspecies, 27 Sep 2007
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This review is from: SUBSPECIES (VHS Tape)
A little thin on plot, mimimum working cast and location are overused in parts. A great dependency to look like Nosferatu and keep within the Transylvania scenario. Luckily it keeps to its vampire roots and delivers the mood that takes it through to sequels showing it has the quality to be a great addition to the vampire genre. The special effects rely on tiny demon creatures, but the sword wielding and final sequence show great promise..the vampire has arrived and it is formidable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY Review, 24 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Subspecies (BLU-RAY) (Blu-ray)
ABOUT THE BLU-RAY:
1 disc. Feature running time: 83 mins. Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0, Feature Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen.
Region: A,B,C. NO subtitles.

EXTRAS:
* Audio commentary by Charles Band and Chris Gore
* 'Cast and crew interviews': 08:36 mins. featurette.
* 'Killer montage': a 01:45 mins. compilation of scenes from the movie.
* 'VIDEOZONE. Behind the scenes. The making of SUBSPECIES': 09:55 mins. featurette.
* Original trailer (HD)
* Full Moon Trailer Park

Reversible sleeve incorporating original art.

FILM REVIEW:
Subspecies is a nice horror flick about Romanian vampires, and I would highly recommend anybody to check it out immediately, but the quality of the picture in this Blu-ray edition is simply disappointing. That's the only reason I'm giving this product 3 stars instead of 5.
I don't know whether there is some kind of problem with the source material but I truly felt like I was watching a DVD version of an 80's film.
The faces are blurred even from a mid-distance. If this is true Full HD 1080P, then I am a flying nun.
Come on, even if Subspecies never had a theatrical release... it was made in 1991!
I hope somebody at 88 FILMS could explain this...

As for the Special Features, they are quite OK, I cannot ask for more.
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