Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Subspecies (1991)

Fear 1/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 4/5
Creepiness 2/5
T&A Factor 3/5

Looking for something to bring you out of your vampire fanboy loving funk? Something that will ease the pain of seeing sparkly beings and idiotic teens and their mothers fawning over them? Check out Subspecies, a neat gothic tale that features a vampire in a way that it they should be: grotesque and menacing.

Meet Radu. He's a bastard of a guy who's seeking to kill and overthrow his father (Angus Scrimm) and gain the precious power of the blood stone. The blood stone is apparently an ancient relic that has a never ending supply of blood provided by the saints. Which saints exactly, who knows. Yes it's goofy. Just go with me m'kay?

A couple of American girls seeking to better research and document the Romanian countryside make their way out to the small town called Prejnar where Radu supposedly inhabits. They meet up with a local, a friend of theirs they previously met when she was studying in America. Together, they make their way out to a small inn located in the middle of the town. They settle in and immediately get to work.

Despite warnings about the surrounding areas, the girls go about their business, roaming the countryside and exploring some of the ancient structures for their research. But on their way back home one night, they're spooked by the sounds in the woods. A young man also staying at the inn runs into them and guides them back safely.

We come to find that the young man is not the documentary writer he was advertised as. Instead, he's the half brother of Radu, with vampire-like inclinations with half the guilt! Wakka wakka wakka.

Anywhos, he quickly falls for one of the girls. Radu sees the threat in his half brother and looks to destroy him on top of working his sexy time magic on the girls. After converting two of the girls to his vampiric ways, Radu turns his attention to the girl whom his half brother has fallen in love with. The half brother comes to her rescue and our gothic tale ends on a happily ever after note. Awwwwww, isn't that sweet?

Subspecies isn't the best vampire movie ever made. But it's certainly a fun flick. It has a goofy charm about it and I've always been a fan of the Nosferatu look which this film is heavily influenced by. You could do a whole lot worse. A great Friday night in flick.

Cortez the Killer


Trever Talbert said...

How could you review this without mentioning the creepy little stop motion imp things? They were awesome!

Planet of Terror said...

Bah! You're absolutely right. How could I? For shame!