Vampire Journals

1997

Fantasy / Horror

4
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 45% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 5.3/10 10 1800 1.8K

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Plot summary

A 19th century vampire stalks a more powerful vampire lord in his quest to gain revenge over the death of his mistress. In his search for the vampire lord in Eastern Europe he kills many of his servants and fellow vampires while cursing another to vampirism as well.


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Reviewed by Smells_Like_Cheese 5 / 10

Has great style but no depth

In the 90's a small movie company called Full Moon mostly produced horror films. One of their most popular was the Subspecies movies which was about vampires. Ted Nicolaou was the force behind the series who you could tell had a real eye for the vampires and their Gothic nature. So after the third Subspecies movie, he killed off the main vampire, Radu and intended to make more vampire movies that would be a bit different with similar characters that we had seen before. The Vampire Journals came in and with the same low budget, we got a pretty weak spin off sadly. Given that Ted did his best that he could, this was just a weak script with some very clichéd characters.

Zachary, a vampire with a conscience, who hunts the vampire bloodline that sired him. After witnessing the love of his life get turned into a vampire, Zachary destroys both her, and his master, and former protégé of Ash, Serena. Zachary, armed with the enchanted sword of a great vampire slayer called Laertes, seeks out the rest of Serena's bloodline to eradicate them. Zachary travels to Bucharest to find Ash. Zachary uses Ash's penchant for music and women to bait him out into the open for attack. Ash sets his sights on pianist Sofia, but is stopped by Zachary during his first attempt to take Sofia. Ash does not give up on acquiring Sofia, and hires her for his nightclub. Over the next few nights he drains her of blood, so that he may turn her into a new apprentice. He also makes a deal with Zachary: he will give Zachary a consort, protection from the Sun, and allow Zachary to see Sophia if he leaves the city the following night.

The weak points of the film was the characters like Sophia and Zachary. It was copy and paste with Sophia's scenes with Ash, he has her trapped in his bedroom and he would say "Join me!" and she would say "No! Let me go!" and he would bite her and leave. Next time he would say "Join me!" and she would say "No! Let me go!" and he would bite her and leave. Then the next time he would say "Join me!" and she would say "No! Let me go!" and then he would bite her and leave. And again the next time he would say "Join me!" and she finally says "Ok", which I had to have a good laugh with…what was his selling point this time?! It reminded me of the scene in the comedy of Bowfinger where Steve Martin is having an affair with Heather Grahm and finds out that she slept with someone else and he says "That's it, we're finished, you slept with Jiff" and she says "So?" and he said "Well, I never thought of it that way" and they go back to normal. That's exactly what those scenes reminded me of. Zachary is your typical brooding vampire who hates being the undead despite the fact that he's pretty, can control anyone he wants and can see things that no human could ever see in a lifetime. He narrates going on and on about how he's in pain and how much it sucks being a vampire with no real reason, oh, get over it already! I love the scene where he goes to bite a girl to survive; he goes into her bedroom, takes her arm and somehow she's still sleeping and bites it, she then wakes up of course and he covers her mouth and says "I won't harm you child"…LOL, you just bit her arm and took some of her blood! I think that's in the "harm zone".

Despite the flaws, I give Ted credit on the Gothic look of the film and the story isn't by any means terrible. It had some really great ideas, especially with Ash's club. Ash can control both mortals and immortals so he knows how to survive very well. But as the people around him start to betray him or feel threatened, he realizes that he's being ganged up on and that's a great story, I wished they stuck to that story more so. Jonathon Morris who plays Ash does a very good job and you can tell he enjoyed getting into the character. Also the look of the film is terrific and very Gothic, given the old spooky feeling from the old horror movies. You can tell Ted really did love the silent film Nosferatu with the shadows and angles. The Vampire Journals is over all a decent enough vampire movie, it just needed a major face lift with the characters or at least concentrate more so on the interesting one's.

5/10

Reviewed by jluis1984 7 / 10

Overlooked Gem: Among the best Vampire movies ever!

Underrated Director Ted Nicolau, a Full Moon entertainment veteran, made a step forward in his vampire universe with this movie that sadly has been overlooked as time goes by. "Vampire Journals" is probably the best movie produced by Full Moon, and easily ranks among the best vampire movies ever.

The movie tells the story of Zachary (played by David Gunn), a vampire who has vowed to exterminate as many of his specie as he can since his life as one of the undead has given him nothing but tragedies. In his hunting, he finds Ash (Jonathon Morris), a vampire master who controls a club and loves the music. Things get complicated when both of them fall in love with a beautiful pianist named Sofia (Kirsten Cerre).

The most remarkable feature of the movie, is the perfect combination of camera-work, edition and music to create a Gothic feeling that remains through the movie, making it look as a beautiful canvas despite its low budget. Every visual aspect of the movie is of a supernatural beauty, as if the locations were a character too.

Ted Nicolau creates a superb movie that improves in all aspects what he had already accomplished with his other vampire movies, the "Subspecies" series. The SFX are great for the budget and never seem out of place, the movie retains that Gothic surreal feeling without sacrificing anything.

The acting is really good, although nothing special. David Gunn carries the film with grace but is Jonathon Morris who steals the show as the vampire Ash. Worth to mention is the performance of the beautiful Ilinca Goia, who in her limited screen time captures the attention of the viewer not only with her looks, but her performance as well.

Of course, nothing is perfect, the movie keeps that "low-budget" feeling that most of the 90s Full Moon movies carried, but is admirable the effort of Nicolau to make the most of what he got. Also, the script feels too short, leaving the audience wanting to see more of this marvelous Gothic universe. Indeed, the movie demands a prequel and a sequel in order to have the story fully developed.

To summarize, this movie was a pleasant surprise, as it is a worthy addition to every fan of the vampire sub-genre. An outstanding effort by director Ted Nicolau. Best Full Moon picture ever. 8.5/10

Reviewed by acidpluto-1 10 / 10

The best vampire movie on the planet!

This is my most favorite movie! I am in love with David Gunn as well. He is an exceptional actor. I only wish that he would do more movies. Plus, Ted Nicolaou is a genius. His writing is profound. You must overlook the fact that this movie was made by a low budget company. It is filmed in Romania and provides great visuals of their architecture and landscape. Plus, a lot of the people in it are from Romania, which gives this film a tremendous amount of credit. Zachary is perhaps the best vampire character ever written. His humanity and unending torture draw you in and make you love him. This story is classic and beautiful. It had me fascinated from beginning to end. It is a must see for any vampire fan.

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