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Vampire Journals - DVD

Jonathon Morris , David Gunn , Ted Nicolaou    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Director Ted Nicolaou rewrites his original Subspecies story line and transplants it into the urban location of Bucharest, Romania. In this gothic tale, a wandering vampire named Zachary (subtly played by David Gunn) seeks revenge against the clan of vampires who crossed him over from mortal life. The abduction of acquaintance and young concert pianist Sofia (the charming Kirstin Cerre) lures him to the lair of Ash (Jonathon Morris) and his den of vampires living beneath a ritzy nightclub. In an interesting twist, the bloodsuckers do not commonly hunt down their prey in the outside world; rather, they seek them in willing bodies through the club, with whose owner they have dealings. Zachary seeks to free the terrified, imprisoned Sofia, who Ash has crossed over, and put an end to the clan's evil, decadent ways. In some instances, Vampire Journals suffers from melodramatic acting and overwrought dialogue, and conversation dominates overaction, but the combination of exquisite Romanian locations, Adolfo Bartoli's sumptuous cinematography, and Richard Kosinki's moody score will keep you watching. Another striking aspect of the film is that it is shot almost exclusively at nighttime, with the beautiful interiors often bathed in golden light; it offers a good representation of what living in eternal night must be like. --Bryan Reesman

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4.0 out of 5 stars it was alright April 15 2008
By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
well, i'd say i'm kind of into the vampire scene. it's not my number one obsession, but i do appreciate a good vampire story. this movie was, well just ok. this movie wasn't really fresh, the 'vampire who cares about what he's eating' character seems to be explored a lot, so i kind of knew what was coming, but this wasn't what held it back from being great. what i didn't like was the fact that at the end of the movie i was still waiting for something to happen. the movie spends too much time introducing the characters and the setting and not enough actually dealing with what it has created. basically i didn't really feel connected to any of the characters, enough so that the achieving or failure of achieving their goals were irrelevant to me. right now if i was asked 'who is zachery' i would know who he is from the stereotypes surrounding that character type, but the movie didn't go into enough detail concerning his personality, his motives, his history... i could have told you who zachery was without watching the movie.

basically the characters were kind of flat.

and the movie is all suspense, but the ending isn't a sufficient catharsis. maybe because i wasn't that drawn into the characters the ending didn't quite satisfy me. but i think that there wasn't enough happening in the story, or more, what was happening wasn't fleshed out to its full potential, leaving me wanting more... but not in a good way.

aside from my criticisms however, the movie is worth viewing and isn't that bad. the music was alright and the costumes weren't bad either. the setting wasn't too bad either. though i unfortunately found no one in the movie attractive, i was oddly compelled to the guy who played zachery's mouth. when there was a close up of him that's what my eyes were drawn to. and of course the coming and going of the vampires when they fly was amusing. and the atmosphere was appropriate i think. all in all worth the watch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad aspects ... Oct. 3 2003
Format:DVD
This straight-to-video movie (not based on the book) is a strange mixture of the quite good and the rather bad. Filmed in Romania, it takes advantage of the wonderful old grand houses there, with their marble walls and floors and inlaid wood-work and gold leaf. (Perhaps also qualifying as "scenery" are the several gratuitous naked female torsos on view, which seem to be present only for commercial reasons.) However, it is shot in full-screen (4:3) and recorded in mono, so your expensive home theatre equipment will not do you much good.
The story is archetypal for the modern vampire genre: a lone "good" vampire, a vampire enclave racked by resentment and power struggles, a bleak ending. The film makes few concessions to those unfamiliar with the tenets of the genre, which may cause a jarring effect.
Full Moon Productions continue their tradition of casting the best actors in the supporting roles: Starr Andreeff is convincing in the tricky role of a human who serves the vampires from avaricious motives, while Kirsten Cerre manages to sustain a note of high terror through the second half of the film, believably and without becoming repetitive or shrill. Kudos also to the actors who play the parts of Cassandra, Dimitri and Anton. It would be great to see these actors in bigger and better productions. The two main parts, however, are miscast: the "hero" is callow and simply unconvincing (I kept expecting him to finish his lines with the word "dude"), while the "villain" is impressive, but with a rather humourless, one-note performance.
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I liked the dark gothic feel of this modern vampire story but it just didn't live up to my expectations. I saw Subspecies years back and from what I remember it was a very good movie, as well as stylish. I do wish Subspecies was on DVD.
I think what bothered me about Vampire Journals was Ash, Movies are normally defined by the bad guy and I just didn't like Ash, and it wasn't one of those "love to hate" things either. He just wasn't stylish enough for a vampire. When I think of vampires I think of two variations... either
1) A very attractive person ... immortal, which generally means young, where as ash looked like a 50 year old washed up 80's rock star, especially with the teased hair. Kinda looked like White Snakes David Coverdale.
2) or.. a vile and disgusting creature like in subspecies, I mean that vampire looked cool! As well as Nosferatu.
Plus the acting wasn't all that great. So take this review for what its worth. I think Vampire Journals could have been much better, maybe with different casting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest vampire film ever made. Nov. 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
"I am god's most desolate creature..."
Some of the lines in this movie are unforgettable. The dialogue is fantastic and moving. I love these first person narratives, they just don't make enough movies like this anymore. Those who read books and enjoy the classic vampire tales will love this one. It is the most under-rated film I have yet come across. Ash and Zachary are played to the hilt by a few actors I would like to see a lot more of, these are some talented people. The cinematography, the setting, the atmosphere is perfection brought to life. Somebody put a lot of work and love into this film and it shows. The use of shadows and shadowy movement is reminiscent of the very first Nosferatu; it doesn't get more classic than that. "Vampire Journals" appeals to a more mature audience. They are not going for eye popping special effects, and heart-stopping action with this movie. Though the special effects that do exist are very well done. Nothing in this movie looks "cheap" or fake. If you like action and vampires checkout Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Blade 1 and 2. But if you are more drawn to films like Interview with a Vampire, you will really like this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The cheese!
"Vampire Journals" is a wonderful movie. An awful movie. This is a WONDERFUL, AWFUL movie that takes every romantic vampire cliche in existence and squashes them into a big... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2012 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars definately worth your while
a definate gothic sound track with portray an erie atmosphere in which the movie will play around... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by N. Fares
3.0 out of 5 stars Subspecies 3 1/2
This can be considered Subspecies 3.5 as it takes place between Subspecies 3 & 4, and some characters from Vampire Journals even turn up on Subspecies 4. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Lunar Strain
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Journals
I think this movie was very romantic yet dramatic. I just wish that it was longer and told more of what became of the lady and her vampire friend. Great movie!!!
Published on Oct. 19 2003 by Mandy A Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars great vampire pic
I really enjoyed this one. I saw it on the sci-fi channel a year ago and then I found in at a local store which sells movies and I bought it. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003 by Michael Bolts
2.0 out of 5 stars a major let down
i saw this movie cause my old roommate was all infatuated with gavid gunn right. so i saw it. this movie is nothing i love in a vampire movie. no anything. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This movie makes me want to get my hands on Full Moon's Subspecies vampire movies. It's not the best vampire movie in the world but it holds your interest and has a few gory... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2003 by "vivalvis"
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Perfection
Modern goth films seem to be solely based on a trend of pumping their soundtracks full of shoddy, unimaginative mainstream metal and Ozzfest wannabe bands. Read more
Published on April 18 2003 by B. Newby
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointment
Poorly written and poorly acted, this vampire tale never drew me in. The tortured vampire with the human heart didn't make me care, and the evil vampires around him seemed to... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by Mary Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
A suprisingly good grade "b" movie. The locations were exquisite. The film maker really gave you the feeling that vampires could exist and are out there among us. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2003
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