Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Plot Synopsis:It is many thousand years in the future. Vampires once ruled the night but have seen their numbers reduced by fearless bounty hunters. One such hunter is D, the halfbreed son of a human mother and vampire father. When a girl from a rich family is taken from her home by the vampire Meier Link, her father contracts both D and the Markus brothers (a rival group of hunters) to race to retrieve her. As the heroes fight their way through Meier's hired guards, they begin to suspect that the girl may have gone with him willingly.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) Review
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) is a rated R 1h 43 min Japanese English sci-fi action adventure animation that was truly spectacular. Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (The Animatrix (2003), Ninja Scroll (1993), Wicked City (1987)) did a phenomenal job executing this animation that excelled in almost every possible way. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust was based on Hideyuki Kikuchi‘s third novel from his Vampire Hunter D series, Demon Deathchase. The movie contains strong language, graphic violence, brief nudity, gore, vampire, bounty hunter, demon, half-breed, monster, huntress, spaceship, sitting at the edge of your seat scenes and suspense. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust revolves around D trying to save a young woman named Charlotte from a vampire nobleman named Baron Meier Link who does not kill/harm humans needlessly. D who is a dhampir was hired by Charlotte’s father, Elbourne, to rescue his daughter if she was not turned into a vampire and to kill her as humanely as possible if she was transformed into a vampire. Charlotte’s older brother decides to take matters into his own hands and hires a group of vampire hunters known as the Marcus brothers to find his sister. I was not shocked to see the big reveal behind Charlotte’s decision as I have read it in the book, but I was happy to see it all come to life on screen. Pay close attention to the plot twist where the ghostly Carmilla has her own deadly intentions for Charlotte.
I am a fan of The Vampire Hunter D book series and was ecstatic after seeing this movie because it was a more complicated story with fantastic character development and excellent animation. I was not one of the lucky ones to see this film on the big screen, but it did not take away from my enjoyable experience watching it on DVD. The DVD slipcase was wonderfully done with Amano art, and the animated DVD menus were a nice added touch along with the fabulous richness of colors. I love the extras, but I think the documentary could have been a tad bit shorter. Vampire Hunter D fans should own this DVD as it is one that you will go back to time after time for an entertaining watch.
- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Rating Scores
- Our Score: 8
- Overall Score: 7.37
- IMDB: 7.7
- MetaCritic: 6.2
- Rotten Tomatoes: 7.2
Runtime: 103 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Animation
Total Avg. Votes: 25,992 MPAA Rating: R
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Writers: Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Ellen Moore
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Production: Urban Vision Entertainment
Language: Japanese, English
Country: Japan, USA