Vampire Hunter D (1985) Movie Review

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Vampire Hunter D (1985)

1985 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Animation
80 minutes / 1h 20min

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Vampire Hunter D Plot Synopsis:

A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself.

Vampire Hunter D (1985) Review

Vampire Hunter D (1985) was a 1h 20 min Japanese sci-fi action-fantasy-horror animation film that has gained/developed a modest cult following. Director Toyoo Ashida (Fist of the North Star 2 (1987-1988), Fist of the North Star (1986)) did an incredible job executing his first full-length movie. Vampire Hunter D is based on a Japanese manga that came into existence in 1983 and has 22 books. The film is a cult classic containing vampires, vampire hunter, demons, human versus monster, half-breed, dhampir, supernatural hunter, dystopia, blood, violence, and suspense.

Vampire Hunter D was set in 12,090 AD where young Doris Lang hired a vampire hunter that is half human and half vampire to protect her from a vampire lord in a post-nuclear holocaust world. Doris (Michie Tomizawa - Bubblegum Crisis (1987-1991), Sailor Moon (1992-1993), Sailor Moon R the Movie: The Promise of the Rose (1993)) was bitten by a vampire and desperately needs the help of the vampire hunter named D. Doris hired D (Kaneto Shiozawa - Metal Gear Solid (1998), Street Fighter II: V (1995), Fist of the North Star (1986)) to kill the vampire, Magnus Lee that bit her so that she will not turn into a vampire. Magnus is also bent on making Doris his new young vampire bride.

Magnus (Seizo Kato - Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Blitzkrieg Squadron Changeman (1985-1986), Light Squadron Maskman (1987-1988)) is a powerful 10,000-year-old vampire. D travels around on his white steed. I was intrigued with the middle of the film as we see several different creatures including a three-headed snake female, mutants, slugs, giants and other creatures. Fainted hearted viewers should not see this movie as there are several severed limbs, gory scenes, and knife impalings.

  • Vampire Hunter D Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.23
  • IMDB: 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.5

About Vampire Hunter D 1985

Title: Vampire Hunter D
Year: 1985
Runtime: 80 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Animation
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.61/5 stars from 11,476 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11,476
MPAA Rating: R
Vampire Hunter D Cast Starring: Michael McConnohie, Kirk Thornton, Steve Kramer, Edie Mirman, Lara Cody, Tom Wyner, Ichirô Nagai, Yûsaku Yara, Motomu Kiyokawa, Ichirô Nagai, Kazumi Tanaka, Yûsaku Yara, Barbara Goodson, Yoshiko Sakakibara, David Wald, Kerrigan Mahan, Jeff Winkless, Steve Bulen, Andy McAvin, John Swasey, Satoko Kifuji, William Orendorff, Yasuo Muramatsu, George Manley, Mark Laskowski, Kaneto Shiozawa, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Keiko Toda, Kan Tokumaru, Shinya Ôtaki
Vampire Hunter D Writers: Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yasushi Hirano
Vampire Hunter D Director: Toyoo Ashida, Carl Macek
Production: Streamline Pictures
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan