Vampire Hunter D

Rating: 1½  Rampage

Synopsis:
10,000 years in the future, the world has become a very different place; monsters roam the land freely, and people, although equiped with high tech weapons and cybernetic horses, live a humble life more suited to centuries past. The story focuses on a small hamlet plagued by monster attacks and living under the shadow of rule by Count Magnus Lee, a powerful vampire lord who has ruled the land for thousands of years. When a young girl is bitten by the Count and chosen as his current plaything, she seeks out help of a quiet wandering stranger, D. It so happens that D is one of the world's best vampire hunters, and he takes it upon himself to cut through Magnus Lee's many minions, and put an end to the Count's rule. Just a hungover vampire hunter and his annoying kid pals

Review:
*sigh* why couldn't the box art have been the same as the anime? The background character work for D was all done by Yoshitaka Amano, and as such looks astoundingly beautiful. The art in the anime, however, is crap even by early 80's standards. I've been told by some people that they really liked this movie, but I had a pretty hard time enjoying anything about it. The art is bad, the dubbing is bad, the music is bad, and the story is so ludicrously melodramatic it would have even Victor Hugo banging his head against the wall. The voice acting is really painful too, the hideous attempts at "Transilvanian" accents for the Count and his daughter are just pathetic...you could even play a drinking game to them: take a shot every time their accents dissapear and reappear. Horribly cheesy effects (sound and visual), tons of cel recycling, and editing almost as bad as in MD Geist really turned me off from this film. With all the visual elements such a let down, the sad attempt at a story, and the uninteresting characters, I had trouble staying awake through this film. There is a brand new Vampire Hunter D film coming soon (check Urban Vision for info) that looks really slick...lets hope it's better written too. I suggest you wait for the new film and forget that this really cheesy 80's anime ever happened.

Availability:
Was available dubbed from the now defunct Streamline productions, but you can still find it for rent at some places.