Subspecies 4 (1998)

Subspecies: The Awakening (1998) 85min | Fantasy, Horror | Video 16 October 2001 Summary: Vampire Fledgling Michelle Morgan has escaped the grasp of her master Radu Vladislas. Found by a woman named Ana, she is taken to a hospital where a doctor claims to be able to cure her ... See full summary¬†¬Ľ
Countries: Romania, USALanguages: English, Romanian

Subspecies 4 (The Awakening. Or. Bloodstorm) (1998).

No, I haven’t seen any of the others (that I can remember). Yes, I only watched this one because it was a Rifftrax.

Radu has got a problem. His latest spawn clearly didn’t want to be one and at the beginning of this movie, her friends and family had turned up to rescue her (in a body bag to protect her from the sun, classy) and threw him off some battlements in the sun. Radu has another problem. His sun allergy causes him to burst into flame spontaneously. Luckily, he lands in a small pond with his Amulet of Everlasting Life right next to him (also known as the Bloodstone). Meanwhile, a lucky car crash means that his latest spawn, sorry, Michelle, is found by a doctor and taken to the doctor’s random clinic.

Luckily Doctor Ana’s senior mentor, Doctor Niculescu, knows all about vampires. How convenient. Also, for the record, I’m not entirely sure that Doctor Ana was a real doctor either. Doctor Nic is also a bit creepy and has a habit of drugging Doctor Ana so that he can drink blood from her inner thigh, somehow without her noticing. But he isn’t a real vampire. Or something.

Long story short, Doctor Nic wants the Bloodstone. Radu wants Michelle. Doctor Nic is willing to double-cross. But lo! complications. Michelle doesn’t want Doctor Nic to kill Radu due to some compulsive Master disorder. Radu’s other spawn, whose name I can’t remember, and his other spawn’s spawn, whose name I also can’t remember, also want the Bloodstone. It is very politically complicated. Perhaps George R.R. Martin wrote it. (He didn’t.) The Bloodstone is a never ending fount of madness.

The only very interesting part about this was that vampires travel by shadow. Possibly because it requires no special effect other than moving a big light quickly behind them and therefore exceedingly little budget. But I still quite liked that.

This was not a good movie but it was a delightfully, funny, overblown and over the top pastiche of what a good movie could have been.


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