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Subspecies (1991)

Three students get caught in the struggle between a good vampire and his evil brother in the Transylvanian mountains.


Ted Nicolaou


Charles Band (based on an original idea by), Jackson Barr (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Angus Scrimm ... King Vladislav
Anders Hove ... Radu
Irina Movila ... Mara
Laura Mae Tate ... Michele (as Laura Tate)
Michelle McBride ... Lillian
Ivan J. Rado ... Karl (as Ivan Rado)
Mara Grigore Mara Grigore ... Rosa
Adrian Vâlcu Adrian Vâlcu ... Ian (as Adrian Vilcu)
Michael Watson ... Stefan
Lili Dumitrescu ... Old Crone
Ion Besoiu Ion Besoiu ... Doctor


The evil vampire villain Radu returns to his hometown Prejnar, after spending years in exile. He steals the precious blood stone which is said to be bleeding from all saints, from his father and kills him. Meanwhile two American schoolgirls team up with a local girl for work on Romanian culture. Radu becomes attracted to them but runs into trouble when his brother Stephan helps the girls. Written by Staffan Linder <staffan.linder@mailbox.swipnet.se>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The night has fangs.


Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vampire violence, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Another deleted scene from the film featured Radu turning into a rotted corpse while asleep during the day. The director had the scene removed after realizing the effects didn't look very good. See more »


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Radu, a vampire done right
11 December 2004 | by BloodTheTelepathicDogSee all my reviews

Thank you Full Moon Pictures for restoring vileness to the vampire!

Anders Hove, as the villainous Radu, is the type of fiendish demonic monster that all vampires should be. Yet people today, thanks to genre rapists like Anne Rice, would rather watch vampires gallivanting about like a bunch of aristocratic Sallys.

The film centers around two college girls from America (Laura Tate and the curvaceous Michelle McBride) who visit their foreign exchange student friend from school (Irina Movila) in her native Romania. While there, the three appealing young women happen into a vampire feud. Radu has slain the father, a cameo by horror legend Angus Scrimm, thus acquiring the wrath of his good vampire brother Stefan(Michael Watson).

The only drawback to this film is the lowsy swordplay, but how can Anders Hove be expected to handle a sword with foot long fingers.

A vampire film done right, restoring the fiendishness to the vampire legend.

Take notes Anne Rice!!

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Release Date:

8 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Subspecies See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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