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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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2.0 out of 5 stars The cheese! Feb. 20 2012
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"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 velvet-and-lace disaster.

In fact, watching this movie is kind of like diving headfirst into the fanfiction of a 13-year-old Anne Rice fan, with lots of lace, velvet, classical music, marble pillars and flowing hair. It moves very slowly and there isn't actually a lot going on, but the serious, melodramatic tone of every scene makes it unintentionally hilarious ("I have no wish to violate your flesh!").

The story follows Zachary (David Gunn), a melancholy vampire with a conscience who seeks to destroy all vampires of his bloodline. Fortunately, he has the Sword of Laertes, which has the power to kill vampires... just like every other sword.

Zachary's latest target is Ash (Jonathon Morris), a master vampire with a love of classical music -- and he's fixed his gaze on Sofia (Kirsten Cerre), a talented young pianist. Zachary manages to rescue Sofia from Ash at first, but it turns out Ash has invited her to perform at his personal abode, Club Muse (which is a sort of casino/brothel/vampire restaurant).

Well, you can probably guess exactly what Ash has in store for Sofia -- he wants to immortalize her musical skills by turning her into a vampire. So he entraps her in his bedroom, slowly breaking her will so that she will accept him as her master. Zachary has only a short time to save her, but doing so might lure him back to the darkness.

"Vampire Journals" is one of those baroque/gothic/romantic slabs of vampire fantasy -- graveyards, wrought-iron, classical music, silk and satin and lace, old world aristocrats and vast shadowy mansions filled with marble.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars definately worth your while Nov. 6 2003
Format:DVD
a definate gothic sound track with portray an erie atmosphere in which the movie will play around...Although the acting isn't the best and the movie at times is a little choppy it is worth your time to sit and watch. Maybe even to buy so you could enjoy it more than once.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Subspecies 3 1/2 Nov. 4 2003
Format:DVD
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. Though not near as good as the Subspecies series, this is still worth a look. Great atmosphere and lighting. What this film suffers from is sub-par acting. Sure everyone looks good in the film, but the acting hinders it. This film is still a must for Subspecies fans and worth a look for Ann Rice fans, because the subject material is closely related to Interview With the Vampire, only with a much lower budget.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Journals Oct. 19 2003
Format:DVD
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!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great vampire pic Oct. 14 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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. I liked the setting and the way its all played out. you got a master who takes a woman who plays piano this one vampire(good vampire, I think his names Zack) likes and then Zack comes and kills them all. the end where the master comes out in a hall where Zack chases him with a sweet sword and then flings him off the top into sunlight below is the highlight. highly recommended if your a vampire movie fan
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad aspects ...
This straight-to-video movie (not based on the book) is a strange mixture of the quite good and the rather bad. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by Neil Ford
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"
3.0 out of 5 stars could have been much better, maybe with different casting
I liked the dark gothic feel of this modern vampire story but it just didn't live up to my expectations. Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by Derrick Castle
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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