Vampire Hunter D (1985)

I am not very well versed in Anime; I've dabbled here and there, so I do not know how this one compares against other animated features out of Japan in the 80s. I do know that if I had seen this as a teenager with all of its insane graphic violence, nudity, and gore, it would have been my favorite cartoon of all time. D finds a vampire hunter that has been recruited by a young girl to help her defeat the aristocratic bloodsucker that intends on making her his bride. The film serves as a dark Horror Fantasy with plenty of elements of both, as the cloaked anti-hero slashes his way through countless demons and ghouls. I have never been a fan of the stylization in this first entry in the series, but what can't be denied is that the visuals are jarring, colorful, and bursting with life. The plot is simple and seemingly straight forward, but there were numerous moments where I felt like I was at a complete loss as to what was happening and why. I don't think you have to be a fan of Anime to enjoy this flick, there is more than enough mystery and suspense with a constant onslaught of gore that will please most genre fans. It won't be for everyone, but this one is certainly worth giving a shot if you haven't experienced animated Horror before.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.
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  1. Sorry if I m going to talk about the pic that s at the top of your post but I LOVE IT !!!

    I guess you are one of the few that voted for turning my blog into biling√ľal XDDD

    No idea if you watched it .. probably you already did, but check:

    A L'INTERIEUR (French horror )

    It s a jewel


  2. Whats going on Mikka, thanks for stopping by! Incase you havent seen it, the pic above is from Opera, one of my all time favs from Dario Argento. I have seen Inside and love it, hoping to cover it shortly. Thanks again!

  3. I love this movie, its one my all time favorite animes, and the sequel surpasses it I think. The animation is crude on this one at times, but at others its just freaking awesome.

    The sequel has near perfect animation though. Highly recommend you check it out if you havent done so Carl.

    But this one makes up for its animation (it was the 80s after all) with its characters. I love that talking hand thing, plus D is just such a cool character.

    I always hold this one amongst the top anime movies ever.

  4. I actually had this conversation with my wife, but I mistook Bloodlust for being the original when I first saw it, and I was talking up how amazing the animation was to her for being made in the 80s, then I popped in the original D and she told me I was full of it, since the animation in the first is still good but not nearly as fantastic as the sequel.

    I fully agree that the second is one of the most visually stunning and breath taking animated features I have ever seen. It is amazing. Hoping to grab it soon and have a review up!