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Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Cast: Kaneto Shiozawa, Michael McConnohie, Michael McConnohie, more...
Director: Carl Macek, Carl Macek, Toyoo Ashida, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Urban Vision
Genre: Anime, Horror Anime, Vampires, Anime Feature Films
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This animated Japanese feature is aimed at adult audiences and features bloodshed and nudity. The story is set in a grim and distant future wherein vampires dominate what is left of the human race. The story centers on a young woman who hires a famous vampire hunter after she is bitten by one herself. If D should fail her, the girl will be forced to join the ranks of the immortal damned. Vampire Hunter D was originally released with Japanese dialogue, but a subsequent English dub (directed by Carl Macek) is also available. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Cult classic in gothic horror by hneline1 June 9, 2002 - 5:10 PM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Originally released in 1985, this film is a cult classic among hard core anime fans. This is a violent, gory, sexually suggestive movie with a very gothic, moody feel. Yes, the animation feels slightly aged, but the style and the main character, D, still have an unmatched freshness that competes well with newer films. D's character is somewhat like Clint Eastwood with fangs. I admit that I am squeamish about this film because I am not a great fan of the horror genre, but I can see why it has a cult appeal -- there is something fascinating about the beautifully drawn desolate landscapes, the primal fear we have of the creatures of the night, a violent world of sudden death where you are a hunter or you are hunted, and then there is the faint possibility of hope and redemption. I recommend watching this if you're interested in vampires, horror, the gothic genre, or animation history.

Also, there is a short but informative "Making of Vampire Hunter D" clip in the Extras section on the DVD, which includes interviews with the director and key animators as well as fascinating shots of the animators at work at their cramped desks drawing cells. The character designs were based on original artwork for the Hideyuki Kikuchi novels by the renown artist Yoshitaka Amano, whose elegant style has been compared to Gustav Klimt and whose other projects include the conceptual design for the Final Fantasy video games.

It will please by MLouv May 27, 2002 - 9:07 AM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I generally don't like anime. As a rule I think it's completely nonsensical and bizzare. So I guess you could say Vampire Hunter's a bit of a wild card.

Though the animation is visibly outdated, the movie being made in '85, the plot is involving and strikes a chord long left unsatisfied by countless Dracula movies. I love the imagery of the film, the ambiance of the mountain village is haunting.

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