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Vampire Hunter D
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The classic 1985 “goth meets anime” film is now out on DVD. While the style and film techniques seem somewhat dated, it is still worth the viewing for anyone interested in a good action packed gothic thriller. The DVD features both English and Japanese language soundtracks with optional English subtitles. It also has a documentary featurette, deleted footage, and an artwork gallery by Amano among its supplements.

Pre-production sketch of DVampire Hunter D takes place in 12090 AD, where werewolves, mutants and vampire roam the world. The movie stars “D”, a haunted half-human, half-vampire warrior, wanders the countryside of a feudalistic future, hunting his own kind while battling his own evil nature. Like a rogue samurai, the silent, solitary hero wanders into a small hamlet terrorized by the all-powerful Count, a monstrous vampire lord, and his demonic minions from a castle that casts a long shadow over the countryside. The Count has claimed the human Doris (who wields a mean cutlass herself) as his bride. D becomes her protector and–when she's captured by the Count's shape-shifting minions–her savior. Designed in slashes and sharp, angular images and directed with abrupt explosions of lightning-fast action, Vampire Hunter D is violent and bloody in the mode of a samurai adventure.

Goth meets Anime

Vampire Hunter D

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, March 2002

Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D Website Links:

Official Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Website

The Vampire Hunter D Archives (fan website)

Vampire Hunter D (fan website)

Vampire Hunter D (OAV) entry at Anime News Network

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Movie) entry at Anime News Network

Vampire Hunter D entry at Internet Movie Database

Vampire Hunter D entry at Wikipedia

Below: Vampire Hunter D coined the phrase "Talk to the hand!"

Talk to the hand!

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