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Vampire Journal [Import]
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
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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MUST BE TWILIGHT PREQUEL as both stories contain feuding vampires and bad actors. Why do vampires only go after chicks that look like Denise Richards? Read morePublished 14 months ago by The Movie Guy
a definate gothic sound track with portray an erie atmosphere in which the movie will play around... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by N. Fares
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 morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Lunar Strain
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
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 morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Michael Bolts
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 morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
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 morePublished on Aug. 1 2003
I liked the dark gothic feel of this modern vampire story but it just didn't live up to my expectations. Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by Derrick Castle
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 morePublished on April 18 2003 by B. Newby