Love Hurts – Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994)

Like the movie previous to it, Bloodlust: Subspecies III continues off where the second one ended and it finds Michelle as played by Denice Duff a prisoner of Radu’s mother. Radu who was killed, is brought back by the witch and for the rest of the picture he tries to win over his fledgling, his character becoming more human in at least one respect and in part, winning over the audience because of it.

Also returning to the film is Anders Hove as the star of it all, the fiendishly-awful devil who uses whatever he can to get what he wants. At the moment, as he already has the Bloodstone, it is Michelle who is at the top of his list. Audiences already know that he is a lonely creature, pouring out what he has for a heart to his mother in Subspecies II, a creature looking for love. To that effect, he plies Michelle with jewellery, with blood and with more words of warmth and what has to be affection than he has probably ever spoken in his entire life. What makes it all a little sad is the way Michelle turns Radu down each and every time, begging for death more than once and much to his eternal dismay. He is pitiful and Hove plays the vampire to perfection and the writing which has transformed him from a vile and hideous monster to his current state of a lonely and lovelorn monster is fantastic. Much like the previous film, Charles Band proves yet again that Full Moon can release a movie that is more than compelling if care and consideration is poured into its construction.

While the characterization and script might have been on point along with the leads in Hove and Duff, the story was not as good, merely being a repeat of the second picture where Michelle’s sister tries to save her from the dark side along with the man from the embassy and a cop who had seemed competent and now is painted as a bumbling fool. It would have been nice to see the story pushed forward in some way and though it was in a sense between Radu and Michelle, it could have been so much more. The supporting characters felt unneeded in this installment as the chemistry between Michelle and Radu was strong enough to carry the film alone, yet as it was, they did not overly hurt the movie either.

The strangest thing about it all is the way that director Ted Nicolaou and Band would leave it open for yet another sequel, though just how that would take place given the way Radu finds himself when all is said and done will have to take some doing, by miracle or otherwise. Again, another chapter in what is the best set of films that Full Moon has released before or since.

3.5 out of 5

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