Sunday, March 21, 2010


 Subspecies 4 Movie Review

We pick up right where Subspecies 3 ended (but this was filmed four years later so Michelle looks fairly different and Radu looks very different), with a doctor named Ana (Ioana Abur) finding Michelle (Denice Duff) on the side of the road after a car accident. He takes her to Dr. Niculescu (Mihai Dinvale), a scientist who is also a vampire. Radu (Anders Hove) is also in possession of the bloodstone now and is searching for Michelle. Along the way he runs into Ash (Jonathon Morris) and Serena (Floriela Grappini) from the movie Vampire Journals—Ash is loyal to Radu but Serena, who is loyal to Ash, wants to destroy Radu, to whom Michelle is occasionally loyal. Niculescu also wants Radu dead so he may have the bloodstone.


So yeah, this final installment of the Subspecies series is an absolute mess when it comes to the plot (and I won’t even mention the detective who returns from part 3 but is now a vampire also). Not that having a more thorough story line is a bad thing, but here it fails in that there are simply too many vampires and some of the things in it just don't make sense. To give just one example (of many I could give)--the detective, who has just become a vampire, can withstand direct sunlight and only be mildly annoyed with it while Radu, who is supposed to be the ultimate vampire in this story, struggles mightily when he is hit with the light from flashlights! There are some good spots here—a few really cool (and some surprisingly gory) scenes and a solid performance from Grappini as Serena that kind of steals the show. Another huge setback here though is Dinvale as Niculescu. This guy is a horrid actor, turning in a performance that easily lowers the score a full point. It is so bad I cringed every time he appeared (and for some reason he appeared a lot). The first three parts of this series were pretty enjoyable, and honestly they should have stopped after part three, which had an ending that would have wrapped up the series nicely. If you are thinking of watching the series, skip part four completely and be happy with the series as it should have been.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 4

Subspecies 4 Movie Trailer

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