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Deep within the heart of Romania, a suppressed evil from the past has come back to haunt the present, and three young beauties have stumbled onto its path...Michelle and Lillian are two American students who have joined their friend Mara in Romania for their studies of the ancient myths and legends of Transylvania. But Myth turns into reality when the women become the object of desire of Radu, an evil vampire obsessed with making them his consorts. Radu creates an army of hellish creatures of the night-a Subspecies-to help him carry out his plan. What he underestimates are the powers of his brother Stefan, a good vampire who has fallen in love with Michelle and wants to save them all from the wrath of his brother. At the same time, Stefan discovers that Radu has murdered their father, King Vlad, and is trying to take control of the kingdom. Radu wants to break the centuries-old tradition established by the king so that vampires would only feed on animals rather than humans in order to survive. In the final showdown of good versus evil, Stefan must fight his wicked brother and the new vampires Radu has created, in his effort to save his loves and the lives of all in the kingdom. Bonus features include: Commentary, Trailers

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  • Actors: Anders Hove, Michelle Mcbride, Laura Tate, Angus Scrimm, Irina Movila
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Full Moon Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2015
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FIXA0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on July 8, 2004
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Subspecies is the first in a four part movie series involving Radu, the baddest vampire in town. True, this is a Full Moon production, which equals cheesy horror, but it is definately cheesy horror in its very best form.
Radu is a vampire of the old school, he doesn't want to fit in with the living or find true love or apologize for what he is; he is a vampire and seems to be pretty taken with himself on that level. Our first introduction to Radu is when he kills his father in order to take possession of the Bloodstone, a vampire family heirloom that allows them to survive a long time without a fresh "meal", and gives them power by drinking from it.
Here also we meet the "subspecies", little creatures (make from claymation, not FX) that Radu creates by breaking off his own fingers. They become his tiny minions and assist him in taking the Bloodstone.
Meanwhile, three college girls arrive in Transylvania, and stay together at an old monastery nearby the broken remains of Radu's castle home. Also staying at the monastery is Radu's long estranged brother, Stefan. Radu and Stefan have no love for each other, though both seem to be attracted to the lovely Michele.
Girls get bit and girls scream, and there is a silly "Festival of the Dead" where everybody puts on paper-mache masks, a little bit of nudity, and in the end it all boils down to human vs vampire as do all good vampire flicks.
What makes Subspecies special is Radu himself. He is pasty white, has great fangs, long clawed hands, sleeps in a coffin, and drools...a LOT. He's also a very messy eater, and moves through the film with that bloody, slimy grin we have all grown to love.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "pizzlemanizzle" on June 12, 2002
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I first saw this movie in 1998 when I was 11 years old. This was probably the smartest thing I have done my entire life. Since then I have seen the movie well over 30 times and I just wish that I owned it. As the movie starts out we see none other than horror icon himself-Angus Scrimm! It is at this point that we get our first glimpse of Radu. Radu is a Nine Hundred year old vampire who just can't seem to kill enough people and drink enough blood to satisfy his urges. This sets up the primary conflict for the film and its sequels. Radu is out to gain possession of the Blood Stone, an ancient relic that drips the blood of the saints. He kills his father to gain the Blood Stone and thus begins the film. Radu's half brother Stefan returns home to regain the throne of his father but realizes Radu has already done so. Stefan trys to gain control of the Blood Stone and also attempts to sheild 3 young beauties from Radu and his evil. Stefan falls in love with one of the young girls named Michelle, played by Laura Tate. Although Ms. Tate did an excellent job with the character of Michelle she just can't seem to measure up to he standard set by Denice Duff in the sequels. To say that this is one of my favorite movies would be an understatement. I simply cannot say enough good things about this film. Please for the love of god SEE THIS MOVIE! The sequels are just as good as the original unlike most horror movie series. Please re-release this Full Moon it is a million times better than the [stuff] you put out now.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RDU on March 10, 2006
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Although this isn't the greatest, or even one of the best-made horror films, it has a certain novelty that one can't deny. Because of this, "Subspecies" is one of my favorite horror flics. True vampire fans need to watch this if they want to see a plot that diverges from Anne Rice's sleek, and extremely attractive depiction of vampire men and women. Of course, this is not at all to say that "Interview With the Vampire," in conjunction with any of Anne Rice's vampire novels aren't any good. In fact, they're also some of my favorites.

Since a well-outlined synopsis of the film has already been given by several raters, I won't go into any summaries. The main character/bad guy Radu (played by European actor Anders Hove) is true to the original "Nosferatu" genre. He is creepy, irascible, and even a bit pitiable as the sequels to this film point out.

What I like about this film is the introduction of the Bloodstone, a mythical relic that is known to drip the blood of the saints. The Bloodstone is a family heirloom that originally belongs to Radu's father, the king of the vampires (played by "Phantasm's" Angus Scrimm). The movie starts off with Radu murdering his father and taking the Bloodstone by force.

Another unique characteristic of the movie and its sequels is Radu's use of "shadow flying." Radu is able to use this technique to go/move anywhere through the shadows. He also is able to sort of mutate and reproduce tiny "subspecies" versions of himself. Despite the film's low budget, along with the fact that the actual subspecie demons look very superficial, the actors do an incredible job. Finally, the film is shot in Romania/Transylvania within a real castle along with several ancient ruins. Thus, "Subspecies" is a must-see for real vampire lovers due to its originality and inherently unique qualities.
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