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  • Actors: Kevin Spirtas, Michael Denish, Denice Duff, Pamela Gordon, Ion Haiduc
  • Directors: Ted Nicolaou
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Wizard Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 4 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0018O5WUK

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When Transylvanian vampire Radu settles a dynastic rivalry by killing his brother, American student Michelle escapes the castle with a bite on the neck -- and the bloodstone, a mysterious relic crucial to Radu's survival. Radu chases the girl to Bucharest, where she seeks help and begins to sense her own emerging thirst for blood.

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2012
Format: DVD
You can't keep a good horror villain down, so it doesn't come as a surprise that ghoulish vampire Radu's death lasts about.... oh, five and a half minutes.

Sadly, "Subspecies II" doesn't quite live up to the standards of its colorful B-movie predecessor. Oh, it's still got plenty of gooey blood, skeletons and Radu being hilariously awesome, but the main characters seem to have been badly wussified. And the introduction of Radu's "mummy" (who even looks like one) just doesn't add anything to the movie.

When the "subspecies" creatures reattach Radu's head, he returns to life and immediately kills Stefan. Michelle (Denise Duff) barely manages to escape his castle with the Bloodstone (which has somehow morphed into a white stone in a claw) and runs away to the nearest city. She pleads with her sister Becky to come get her, then immediately ends up on a wild trip through the city's nightside.

Meanwhile, Radu has decided that he sorta kinda likes Michelle, so he asks his "mummy" to help him take back the Bloodstone and make Michelle his plaything. Yes, the evil vampire is asking his mommy to help him. Meanwhile, Becky (Melanie Shatner, daughter of William) arrives in Romania and tries to figure out what is going on with her sister, and discovers the horrifying truth of what Michelle is enmeshed in.

Even though it takes place only minutes after the last movie, "Subspecies II" doesn't work quite as well. The major reason is that both Michelle and Radu are drastically wussified - Michelle spends most of the story whining, crying and throwing up, and Radu starts running to his desiccated mother for help.

Additionally, a good one-third of the story is just Michelle running around the city, crying, whining and donning increasingly gothic clothing.
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ILHM Reviews: Subspecies 2 Feb. 3 2013
By Carl Manes - Published on Amazon.com
Full Moon's Gothic vampire saga continues with BLOODSTONE: SUBSPECIES 2! Michele awakens to find herself a slave to the vampire blood that is now coursing through her veins. She quickly grabs the Bloodstone before escaping from Castle Vladislas and trying to find her way home. Meanwhile, the dark prince Radu has been restored to life by his evil minions, and he sets out to reclaim his birthright from his fleeing fledgling. SUBSPECIES 2 is an excellent follow-up that often succeeds over the original. Director Ted Nicolaou includes more of the light and shadow play that add an eerie sense of dread to the misty streets of Bucarest. The results are even more effective than before, but still use the simplest means necessary to accomplish the each of the frightening scenes. Anders Hove returns with another venomous performance as Radu, but he is unexpectedly upstaged by newcomer Denise Duff standing in for Laura Tate as Michele. Duff is a classic beauty, with an overwhelming sadness and strength that have been brought on by her new powers. It is her performance that counterbalances Radu's evil and carries their epic struggle through the second and third films. With a stronger story, superior special effects, and better overall acting, SUBSPECIES 2 is easily the highlight of the series.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
This sequel sees a most welcome upgrade in effects and a small loss in character credibility; still enjoyable Dec 1 2013
By John's Horror Corner - Published on Amazon.com
SIDEBAR: This was filmed back to back with Subspecies III, which follows in the spirit of the franchise by picking up exactly where this movie ends.

Michelle narrates as this sequel picks up immediately where Subspecies left off: fledgling vampire vixens lay dead on the ground beside Radu's beheaded body (Anders Hove; Subspecies I-IV, Critters 4).

Director Ted Nicolaou (Subspecies, Terror Vision, Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys) has stepped up his game. Right away the effects seem to have graduated from the already impressive (i.e., on a low budget) Subspecies. The claymation of Radu's subspecies minions is green-screened more subtly and their movements are more ambitious as, for example, two of the diminutive demons work together to remove the wooden stake from Radu's chest. As Radu's head reattaches itself we find much more elaborate effects and creative gore than previously seen. A la The Thing (1982), arterial tendrils whip from his detached head and affix themselves to his body. As they drag his head into place is spinal cord extends outward to receive it. Already I'm impressed!

But wait, there are more new effects hailing scare-tastic fun. When Radu slays his sleeping brother (who defeated him in a the end if Subspecies), we watch as Stefan's face sinks into a fleshy slimy mess with exsanguination. We also enjoy more creative depictions of Radu's "shadow gliding" ability (which allows him to quickly move "through" interconnecting shadows).

Replacing Laura Mae Tate (Dead Space, Subspecies), Denice Duff (Subspecies III-IV, Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation) assumes the role of now-vampire Michelle, who was turned by Stefan in the end of Subspecies. Escaping the castle with the bloodstone and slowly learning what it means to be a vampire, Michelle turns to her sister Becky (Melanie Shatner; The Alien Within, Subspecies III, Star Trek V) for help. Meanwhile Radu turns to his "Mummy" (Pamela Gordon; Weird Science, Poltergeist II, Subspecies III, Alien Nation), a crone-like ghoul akin to an unwrapped mummy that is hungry for the bloodstone.

Embassy representative Mel and local Romanian Lt. Marin try to help Becky find her sister. They then team up with occult history Professor Popescu and visit the fortress where Michelle was staying (in Subspecies). Whereas the effects in this sequel are far superior to the original, these characters (including our female leads Becky and Michelle) just aren't as strong as the protagonists in part 1. They don't carry the scenes well and often they don't seem confident enough for their roles. Only in the final scene do Michelle and Becky find the strength to fight Radu. Understandably, Michelle spent much of the story suffering from her transition to vampirism and the associated urges. But I just feel too much of this movie's running time was filled with unconfident characters.
Here's another issue. The franchise is called Subspecies yet we only see the subspecies demons in the opening scene. This sequel is called Bloodstone yet the Bloodstone seems to play really no more major part in this sequel than in the original (or part 3, FYI).

Accordingly, the finale is not as powerful as part 1. Yes, Radu is again defeated and yes, there's some blood, some fire and a lot of stabbing. But it's nothing special and has nothing as cool as the decapitation or "chandelier death" of the original. Maybe it's not fair to compare it to the fantastic effects and gore of the opening scene, or maybe they just didn't try as hard because Subspecies III was filmed back to back with this and they never put much thought into a "big ending" (as they clearly did for Subspecies), already being obviously aware that this was not "the end." If that's the case, then part 3 better have one Hell of a finale!

In either case, I very much enjoyed this and, as I'd advise you, I watched Subspecies III immediately after this for the sake of story continuity. So enjoy and stay tuned for my review of Subspecies III: Bloodlust.
Vampires in the city Feb. 14 2012
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
You can't keep a good horror villain down, so it doesn't come as a surprise that ghoulish vampire Radu's death lasts about.... oh, five and a half minutes.

Sadly, "Subspecies II" doesn't quite live up to the standards of its colorful B-movie predecessor. Oh, it's still got plenty of gooey blood, skeletons and Radu being hilariously awesome, but the main characters seem to have been badly wussified. And the introduction of Radu's "mummy" (who even looks like one) just doesn't add anything to the movie.

When the "subspecies" creatures reattach Radu's head, he returns to life and immediately kills Stefan. Michelle (Denise Duff) barely manages to escape his castle with the Bloodstone (which has somehow morphed into a white stone in a claw) and runs away to the nearest city. She pleads with her sister Becky to come get her, then immediately ends up on a wild trip through the city's nightside.

Meanwhile, Radu has decided that he sorta kinda likes Michelle, so he asks his "mummy" to help him take back the Bloodstone and make Michelle his plaything. Yes, the evil vampire is asking his mommy to help him. Meanwhile, Becky (Melanie Shatner, daughter of William) arrives in Romania and tries to figure out what is going on with her sister, and discovers the horrifying truth of what Michelle is enmeshed in.

Even though it takes place only minutes after the last movie, "Subspecies II" doesn't work quite as well. The major reason is that both Michelle and Radu are drastically wussified - Michelle spends most of the story whining, crying and throwing up, and Radu starts running to his desiccated mother for help.

Additionally, a good one-third of the story is just Michelle running around the city, crying, whining and donning increasingly gothic clothing. However, the other two-thirds are actually quite solid, especially since it alternates between the day and night sides of the city. It hasn't quite got the flavor of the original, but the inclusion of club-gothic and Victorian gothic is a nice touch.

And the climax is pretty deliciously "Subspecies" -- we have gooey blood, repeated stabbings, and someone being set on fire. So basically, it's lots of fun.

Shatner gives a fairly decent performance as a strong, businesslike young woman who is having to grapple with the news that vampires not only exist, but that her sister is one. Kevin Spirtas is more of an annoyance than an actual character, and Michael Denish makes a decent Van Helsing for most of the movie. And... well, I'm not sure if Pamela Gordon actually plays "Mummy," or if she just voiced a blind dried-up mummy that someone dragged out of an Incan grave.

It's not quite as good as the first one, but "Subspecies II" is a decent sequel with a nice new lead character and some delicious atmosphere. So now, on to "Subspecies III."
Five Stars Dec 16 2014
By FRANKLIN BORDEN JR - Published on Amazon.com
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real good
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good witty 80's horror July 21 2013
By Gehring - Stevens Family - Published on Amazon.com
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Funny Witty good story Radu is a little annoying but then again hes a bad guy and its an 80's movie so cheesy was the norm in the 80's good movie good flashback for those who enjoy being nostalgic


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