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Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust (2001)



Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 5

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Long a favorite with Japanimation aficionados, Vampire Hunter D is based on the third of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novels about a futuristic human-vampire hybrid warrior. In the year 12,090, vampires are the rulers of the night, something to which Vampire Hunter D is helping to put an end. After the daughter of a rich man is kidnapped by vampire Meier Link, Vampire Hunter D is hired for ten million dollars to find the girl and bring her back to safety. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Feb 12, 2002

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (9) | DVD (11)

The movie has a visual poetry that's refreshing.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Vampire Hunter D, you might say, is the best sci-fi vampire western to come along in ages. Not that many others come to mind.

December 14, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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If you appreciate fine animation and edgy material, this blood's for you.

December 14, 2001
Washington Post
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Brooding, violent, and steeped in its own lore, the film is a genre pastiche that's fun to watch.

December 6, 2001
Philadelphia Inquirer
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For a vampire movie with such an exciting concept, Bloodlust is low on tension and chills.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A mind-blowing amalgamation of unusual elements and ambitious design, its parts are greater than the whole. But oh, what interesting parts they are.

November 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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One of my favorite characters is given justice with two great movies that just make him one of the most appealing characters in Anime...

April 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Surprisingly entertaining and very clever.

October 24, 2003
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A stylish bit of modern anime despite a finale that muddles its momentum.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch

One of the finest examples of Japanese animation I've seen.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

If you're interested in exploring anime for the first time, then Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a good place to start as any other.

April 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

An uneasy blending of sci-fi elements, gothic horror, spaghetti westerns and Beauty and the Beast romance.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Bloodlust is both an animation landmark and a beautifully realized film.

December 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Gory and gorgeous bliss.

December 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Though the action can be static, this film is fun, even challenging.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Oregonian

It seems written by old hipsters with a bug-eye to the teen export market.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A sober action film as viscerally surprising as it is surprisingly affecting.

November 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

May not offer much to think about, but it does provide a feast for the eye, even if it's a meal that's mostly bright red.

November 3, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

At one-and-three-quarter hours, its limitations as a movie begin to wear you down long before the ending credits roll.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust

Just as good as the original, but with more modern art. I do wish the English voice soundtrack was louder though, I nearly ran out of volume bars.
September 27, 2008

Super Reviewer

An adventure/action/drama ride done right. You really don't need to know anything about the novels to get into the film. Yoshiaki Kawajiri deserves way more credit as being a mere "cheap thrill" director. The guy knows how to create cinematic moments.
January 12, 2008
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Easily one of the best anime movies ever made. Athough I'm not a big fan of vampire flicks, I loved the story, characters and animation. If you ever get the chance, see it!
June 28, 2007
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