Vampire Hunter D
Director: Toyoo Ashida Run Time: 80 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1985 Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Starring: Kaneto Shiozawa, Michie Tomizawa, Seizo Kato
Nitehawk and Nerd York City celebrate the 30th anniversary of cult horror anime VAMPIRE HUNTER D with a freshly remastered HD presentation from Sentai Filmworks and giveaways courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.
Humans have a rough run in the 10,000 year gap between our time and the blighted future of Vampire Hunter D. It’s the year 12,090 A.D., and humans live as serfs under the fierce rule of ancient aristocratic vampires and their personal cadre of ghouls, bandits and beasties. When one such lord falls for a young farm girl, she hires a wandering stranger as a bodyguard. Fortunately for her, this wandering loner is D, a legendary vampire hunter and the only person capable of standing up to the powerful vampire lord.
Directed by Toyoo Ashida of Fist of the North Star fame and based on a popular series of horror novels by Hideyuki Kikuchi, Vampire Hunter D is one of anime’s first blood-and-guts fantasies, blending elements of American westerns with classic European horror and cyber punk. The film garnered an international cult following thanks to the import-friendly home video market.
Part of Nitehawk’s September ANIME AFTER DARK midnite series.