Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Full Moon Features Readies The Blu-ray And DVD Debut Of Director Ted Nicolaou's Subspecies V: Bloodrise For July 11

The long — very long — wait is over with the news this week from Full Moon Features.  

Director Ted Nicolaou’s Subspecies V: Bloodrise will be making its debut on July 11 as both DVD and Blu-ray product offering.   MVD Entertainment Group will be providing the sales and distribution expertise to make this happen.

Our story begins back in 1991 when Nicolaou (with TerrorVision and Savage Island … and the “Desert Pursuit” segment of The Dungeonmaster under his belt) teamed up with the legendary Charles Band to deliver the first Subspecies. 

The story of the vampire Radu (played by Anders Hove) picks up two years later (1993) with Nicolaou once again joining forces with Band to serve-up Bloodstone: Subspecies II.  

The pivot point comes in 1994.  Can the series have the genre fan base to become a film franchise?   Is the story of Radu and his pursuit of Michelle (Denice Duff) compelling enough?   The answer was a resounding yes with the release of Bloodlust: Subspecies III, which picks up the action where Bloodstone: Subspecies II left off.

Radu is dead, Michelle free … the trilogy brings it all to a close.   End of the line for the Subspecies film series, right?   Not by a long shot, the fourth installment, written and directed by Ted Nicolauo, arrives in 1998 with the release of Subspecies 4: Bloodstorm.   

Finally, Michelle is able to destroy Radu once and for all with the ending having his decapitated head roasting in the sun!!!

Twenty years slipped by and rumors began circulating in 2019 that Nicolauo was in talks with both Anders Hove and Denice Duff to reprise their roles for another installment in the Subspecies saga.   It was all set for production in mid-2020 when the Covid pandemic hit and everything was put on hold.

The film was able to be resurrected, shot and finished last year.  Subspecies V: Bloodrise was previewed on March 25 of this year at the HorrorHound Weekend film festival in Indianapolis and the reaction from the audience in attendance was off the charts.

Without giving too much away, we can report that this is a prequel to the original series with the focus on Radu and how he becomes the monster that is well documented in the four films in the series.   Duff is back, but she is not Michelle in the prequel … we will let it go at that.

Subspecies V: Bloodrise, the long-awaited return to the series will be available on July 11 from Full Moon Features as both DVD and Blu-ray viewing options.

Bonus goodies include commentary from filmmaker Ted Nicolaou and the featurette titled “Bloodrise: Behind the Scenes.”


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