After several years of development and setbacks caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, Pioneer Media is proud to announce the wrap of principal photography for “Subspecies: Blood Rise,” our recent Serbia co-production with Full Moon Features and Not The Funeral Home.
Shot on location at Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, as well as a variety of stunning locations in the mountain and forests of Southern Serbia, “Subspecies: Blood Rise” is the long-anticipated follow-up to the original “Subspecies” series shot in Romania by Full Moon and director, Ted Nicolaou in the 1990s.
Series originals, Anders Hove, Denice Duff, and Kevin Spirtas return for “Blood Rise,” bringing with them the heart of the gothic franchise that fans have eagerly been waiting for. As the iconic rally cry of Subspecies fans emphatically states, “Radu lives!”
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. Stolen by crusaders on the night of his birth, he has no knowledge of his bloodline: his mother is a demon; his father 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 nobleman into a vampire with no master, setting him on a centuries-long quest for sustenance, for companionship, for the treacherous one who stole him from the sun, and for the Bloodstone he hopes will bring him peace.
Pioneer Media provided full production services in Serbia with our local partners. If you are interested in filming in Serbia and seeking more information on filming in Serbia, please visit our Serbian landing page.