Bloodlust: Subspecies III

Year: 1993

Director: Ted Nicolaou

Written by: Ted Nicolaou

Threat: Vampire

Weapon of Choice: Fangs

Based upon: Nothing

IMDb page: IMDb link

Subspecies III

Other movies in this series:
Bloodstone: Subspecies II
Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm

Rish Outfield's reviews
Made at the same time as Subspecies 2, this ‘final' chapter of the "Subspecies Trilogy" is pretty good. It wasn't quite as great as the second film, and the ending was downright unsatisfying, but it was still better than the original.
It picks up where the last one left off, with babe Michelle in the vampiric clutches of Radu and his shriveled, cackling mother, and the forces of good (brave American dude, dopey Romanian inspector, and William Shatner's daughter) attempting to save her.
There were some great and legitimate moments of tension, mostly due to characterization, and that's always welcome. It was well-written, although a lot slower-moving than the last one (I felt that the story was being stretched this time around, and that scenes were padded to lengthen it). As scholars have told us, vampire stories of old associated blood-letting with sex, and I was reminded of that throughout this film as the bitings and suckings were blatantly sexual. I enjoyed the witch "Mummy" again, and Radu's confrontation with her was interesting and passionate. There were some moments when it was just . . . unbelievably violent (like, beyond the limits of normal graphic-ness), and that may mean I'm getting old.
Often in movies, whether consciously or unconsciously, I look for a character to relate to . . . a character that is most like me. And I found something interesting in Subspecies III: that character here, was Radu. Anders Hove should be proud of his performance here, a pitiful, sad, and all-too-human performance. Whereas Radu was just a drooling, buck-toothed dolt in the first film, my heart really went out to him in this one, and the best scenes are the ones where he is talking and feeling. The nicest of these moments was when Radu proclaimed his eternal love for Michelle. I really believed it, and as I said, I related. And when Michelle responded, "And I will hate you forever," it hurt to hear it. Kudos to Nicolaou for this great interaction and characterization.
Unfortunately, this movie is saddled with an awful ending. In the documentary at the end, everyone spoke of this as the last installment of the "Subspecies" series (I guess there are two more after this one, but in ‘93 they didn't know that), but how can that be with an ending like this one? It's really a shame they didn't tie up the loose ends or end this sucker with a bang.
I'd Recommend It To: Someone renting the second film, as it doesn't stand on its own.

Total Skulls: 14

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Sequel setup skull
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Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
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Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
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Characters forget about threat
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Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
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Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Warning goes unheeded
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x years before/later
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No one dies at all
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Geek/Nerd survives
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"It was all a dream" ending
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Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell?