Horror

Earth to Earth… – Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm (1998)


The fourth and final Subspecies movie, at least for the moment, is one that is a little different from all of those that came before, visible in the makeup, the editing and more. It definitely is not as good as the three that came before it, but it is still better than a lot of the output that Full Moon has released over the years no matter how much less of a film it might be compared to the others in the series.

All of that being said, it was not unenjoyable, quite the opposite in fact as Radu and Michelle once again would come into focus, their relationship, whatever one might want to call it, being as contentious as ever. While on one hand Radu still loves or more accurately, yearns for Michelle, he also hates her and means for her to be punished. Michelle only longs to be free, both of Radu and the un-life she currently lives and it seems no matter how much she begs or whom she asks, it is a boon that is never in the coming. Entering the picture is Dr. Nicolescu, a vampire in his own right and a man who craves the Bloodstone and is willing to do whatever it takes to gain the power it grants.

Directed by Ted Nicolaou once again, the man changes things up just a little, giving the film a bit of a different feel, perhaps because he also writes this outing instead of Charles Band. The gothic atmosphere of the previous three is toned down as is the old-school type of horror which was more in line with what Hammer used to do more than anything else. Instead, the blood flows a little more freely and there is a little extra humour thrown into the mix, though it is not as funny as it could be. Bringing Radu back from what seemed a sure-fire death was a great move on Nicolaou’s part and the fact that the film once more continued straight off from the last was a nice touch, creating a tight-knit timeline. As was previously stated, the makeup used on Radu and the others throughout the movie was not as good as it had been previously and that could have been a casualty of the budget, but overall the film still worked and did what it needed to do.

By the end of it all, Nicolaou kills off his lead once again – Radu being played by Anders Hove, the only man who could portray, by this point, the fabled vampire. Denise Duff would return as Michelle, Radu’s fledgling and they were definitely the two main ingredients needed to make the film and the series as good as they were. With a rumoured fifth instalment supposed to make an appearance at some point, one can only wonder where it will go after this, but after waiting over twenty years, it will hopefully have been worth the wait.

3 out of 5

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