Subspecies

Three students encounter a vampire while traveling to Romania.
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
1991
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Vampire Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Relative: 
Offspring
Trickster: 
Impostor
Wizards: 
Necromancer
3.04
Its own creature...
6
3.04
5.04
4
1
2
2
Photography
Effects
Ambiance
The gorgeous Romanian locations used to shoot Suspecies are the best aspect of the film. The worst thing about it is its weird creature design. The effects used to make the small devils come alive are simply laughable. The vampire make-up isn’t impressive either. Blurring filters are sometimes used to pacify scenes in which the protagonists are having a good time, in case we don’t “get it”.
The acting isn’t that bad. We do "get it". How this storyline ties in with Vlad Dracul is a little more obscure, though. Subspecies is very goofy, but it takes itself and its mythos very seriously. It reminds us, at times, of the old Dracula films and of Nosferatu, but with a hint of cheesy witchcraft. It also incorporates silly miniature monsters the way only Full Moon Entertainment can.
In the end, Subspecies is the cinematographic equivalent of a bunch of kids playing in a sandbox. The blocking is approximate, the dialogue is immature and the camera work is questionable. The writers sometimes throw their script in useless paths, some leading to dead ends, and complicated subplots that only steer away from the main storyline, making a simple tale way too convoluted.
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