It’s been 25 years since the release of ‘Subspecies IV: Blood Storm‘ in 1998, and now we’re finally getting a new film in Full Moon’s popular vampire franchise. Even better, is that it is once again written and directed by Ted Nicolaou, who made the previous four ‘Subspecies‘ films as well as the spin off ‘The Vampire Journals‘ (1997), and returning with him are series stars Anders Hove, Denice Duff, and Kevin Spirtas – although unlike Hove, who reprises his iconic role of Radu Vladislas, Duff and Spirtas will be playing new(ish) characters.
According to the synopsis:
Stolen by crusaders on the night of his birth, he has no knowledge of his bloodline: his mother is a demon; his father is a vampire. Trained and exploited by a brotherhood of mystic monks to slay all enemies of the church, fate brings him back one night to the castle of his father, armed with the monster-slaying Sword of Laertes, to destroy the vampire Vladislas and reclaim a holy relic: The Bloodstone. The events of that night turn Radu from a noble man into a vampire with no master, setting him on a centuries-long quest for sustenance, and companionship, for the treacherous one who stole him from the sun, and for the Bloodstone he hopes will bring him peace. Spanning 500 years in the life of the vampire Radu Vladislas, this long-anticipated prequel to the Subspecies series chronicles Radu’s descent from a noble warrior for the Church to a depraved creature of the night.
The film recently premiered at a HorrorHound Convention, and will be getting a limited theatrical run in May through Alamo Drafthouse. It is expected to stream on Full Moon’s streaming site and Amazon Prime shortly after that. The Blu Ray and DVD’s are currently up for pre-order, and will be released June 13th, 2023. See link below:
Here’s a look at Anders Hove as Radu:
Here’s Denice Duff as Helena (alongside Ash the Music Lover):
Here’s Kevin Spirtas as Prince Vladislas:
Here’s Marko Filipovic as the younger version of Ash the Music Lover (previously played by Jonathon Morris in ‘The Vampire Journals‘ and ‘Subspecies IV: Blood Storm‘):
And finally, check out the trailer below: