Subspecies bends the Band formula to the vampire film, one theme it is a surprise to find the Bands had not touched upon before. The film shows some promise with a story that pits one good and one evil vampire brother against the other. There are moments in the film where it seems to be trying to get back to the folklore roots of vampirism having to cut stakes from the right sort of wood, peasant rituals getting white horses to jump over graves to search for the vampire and the symbolic stabbing of the graves. It is also the first vampire film to go and shoot on location in Rumania (ie. Transylvania) where the Bands shoot most of their films on the cheap, which lends a feel of authenticity to the film over the usual studio-interior created Eastern European netherworlds in vampire films built by people who probably had not even looked at photos of the region.
For all that, Subspecies disappoints. Anders Hove plays the part of Radu entirely in a hoarse whisper, an annoyingly theatrical affectation that subtracts considerably from the characters threat. Furthermore, the film is not budgeted well enough to be convincing it seems only a small-scale fight taking place and needs something more epic in size to do the story justice. Regular Band effects man Dave Allen turns out some disappointing stop-motion animated goblin creations.
The Bands and director Ted Nicolaou made three sequels Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993), Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994) and Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm (1998).
Ted Nicolaous other genre films as director include:- one of the segments of The Dungeonmaster (1984), TerrorVision (1986), Bad Channels (1992), Remote (1993), Dragonworld (1994), Leapin Leprechauns! (1995), Leapin Leprechauns! 2/Spellbreaker: Secret of the Leprechauns (1996), Magic in the Mirror (1996), Magic in the Mirror: Fowl Play (1996), Vampire Journals (1997), The Shrunken City (1998), Dragonworld: The Legend Continues (1999), Ragdoll (1999), The Horrible Dr Bones (2000), In the Shadow of the Cobra (2004), Puppetmaster vs Demonic Toys (2004) and The Etruscan Mask (2007).