Monday, October 20, 2014

Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993)

Director: Ted Nicolaou

Writers: Charles Band, Ted Nicolaou

Composers: Richard Kosinski, William Levine, Michael Partis, John Zeretzke

Starring: Anders Hove, Denice Duff, Kevin Spirtas, Melanie Shatner, Michael Denish, Pamela Gordon, Ion Haiduc, Tudorel Filimon

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Some things are better left Undead

Plot: A woman who has just become a vampire tries to escape the evil vampire, Radu, who seeks her as his love interest. But she has taken the vampire family's bloodstone, and now Radu must find her to get it back. While her sister comes to Romania to save her soul. It might be to late.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

This first sequel takes up where the last film left off. Like that film the production values are higher than a lot of other Full Moon pictures and a lot of that has to do with the shooting locations and the gore effects. The subspecies guys are back but only at the beginning and they've got very little screen time at that which is a shame because they're super cool.  There are a couple of scenes with some fantastic shadow work like you would find in the 1920s and 30s German expressionism films.  As nice and unexpected as they are it's not enough to make this any better than the first film but it's not really worse, either.  The music score is, as with a lot of Full Moon films, practically a footnote to the rest of the production, often just getting by in the background.  The ending is kind of cheap because it stops just like the end of a TV episode in that you'll have to come back next week to find out.  If you see it you'll know what I'm talking about. It doesn't end like a movie would.  It's as if it ended halfway through the movie.  There's a reason for that as it was filmed back to back with the sequel.  The only extra is a ten minute Videozone behind the scenes making of featurette which is fantastic.  It kind of makes me like the movie more.  They've convinced me to watch the third one now.

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