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Vampire Journals
Vampire Journals
Actors: Jonathon Morris, David Gunn, Kirsten Cerre, Starr Andreeff, Ilinca Goia
Director: Ted Nicolaou
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     1997     1hr 32min

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) seek...  more »


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Actors: Jonathon Morris, David Gunn, Kirsten Cerre, Starr Andreeff, Ilinca Goia
Director: Ted Nicolaou
Creators: Adolfo Bartoli, Ted Nicolaou, Gregory Sanders, Charles Band, Kirk Edward Hansen, Oana Paunescu, Vlad Paunescu
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/16/1997
Original Release Date: 01/01/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1996
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Only one thing is for certain......
Georgia McCarthy | Gulfport, MS | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a little biased, because David Gunn is one of my favorite actors. The story was somewhat stereotypical in the fact that it was gothic, but the setting in Romania and the filming of it was superb. The story is about a romantic man(he writes poetry--how great is that!)who was turned into a vampire by his sire Serena. He vows to take revenge on the bloodline that made him what he is and killed his fiancee. The most powerful one is Ash, a music lover that falls in love with a pianist named Sofia(played by Kirsten Cerre).Zachary(Gunn)tries to use Sofia as bait while he kills Ash with the holy Blade of Laertes, but the twists come in here. There is plenty of vampiric adventure. A bit of nudity and gore(check out the fireplace scene at Club Muse) It is a beautiful story of a humanist abomination and is set in modern times(unlike Christopher Lee's films). A terrific movie and one that you will fall in love with. But, like I said, I am a little biased."
Possibly the greatest vampire film ever made.
Georgia McCarthy | 11/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""I am God's most desolate creature"
Some of the lines in this movie are unforgettable. The dialogue is fantastic and moving. I love these first person narratives, they just don?t make enough movies like this anymore. Those who read books and enjoy the classic vampire tales will love this one. It is the most under-rated film I have yet come across. Ash and Zachary are played to the hilt by a few actors I would like to see a lot more of, these are some talented people. The cinematography, the setting, the atmosphere is perfection brought to life. Somebody put a lot of work and love into this film and it shows. The use of shadows and shadowy movement is reminiscent of the very first Nosferatu; it doesn't get more classic than that. "Vampire Journals" appeals to a more mature audience. They are not going for eye popping special effects, and heart-stopping action with this movie. Though the special effects that do exist are very well done. Nothing in this movie looks "cheap" or fake. If you like action and vampires checkout Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or Blade 1 and 2. But if you are more drawn to films like Interview with a Vampire, you will really like this one."
Second Best To Subspecies...But Still Great!
CaptHowdy | Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada | 04/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not nearly as great as Full Moon's Subspecies series, but an excellent movie by itself.Zachary is a bitter vampire who condemns himself and other vampires much like the basic Anne Rice formula. Zachary has taken it upon himself to travel the world in search of all vampires to rid the world of their evil presence. When searching for his latest victim Ash, he meets up with a musician Sofia and begins to care for her. Ash also cares for Sofia and the conflict begins.Jonathon Morris as Ash is a pretty good bad vampire and the slight tie in's with the Subspecies series are clever and fun to watch.David Gunn (Zachary) and Kirsten Cerre (Sofia) both play good roles as well, but were not charismatic enough for me to really care about them as much as Michelle of the Subspecies series.Floriella Grappini (Serena) is sexy in her small but important role and I was quite happy to see her return in Subspecies IV: Bloodstorm. Overall as long as Subspecies films can be produced I would prefer those, perhaps even integrated with this series and the characters contained in it. I really like the way Full Moon & Ted Nicolaou are practically creating a 'Vampire World' with these films. Although if they could make Subspecies films AND create a Vampire Journals series...well then, I'd never have to look for any other form of entertainment!"
Gothic Perfection
B. Newby | any town, USA | 04/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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. This film, however, is a breath of fresh air. Not only is Ted Nicolau's script well written and air tight, his direction is the best that one could possibly hope for from any director. Coupling a great cast with top-notch cinematography and lighting, this film will renew anyone's lost faith in modern vampire films. David Gunn is remarkable as Zachary, a tortured vampire. The characters are briefly but well developed. The plot is rich with bold lines and tense dialogue. And for those who love the gore, this movie has it all. Certainly a gem for anyone's horror collection."