SpaceStationWagon Movie Night – Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Sorry for the paucity of updates Wagoners, but there will be more SpaceStationWagon goodness coming at you from the edge of the solar system soon. In the meantime enjoy this great movie that we watched the other night; Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. The film has an interesting backstory; it was made to be released theatrically in the United States back in 2000 but only made it to twelve screens in the country. Maybe it wasn’t more widely distributed because America still saw animation as a juvenile medium back then; a lot of animated films that weren’t musicals for young children flopped in that era because of this.

The film adapts something like the third or fourth volume in a series of illustrated novels depicting the adventures of a dhampir (half vampire, half human) vampire hunter known as “D” (for “dhampir“). The series is set in the far future, where vampires are dying out after dominating the Earth for millennia. D travels the wasteland as a bounty hunter, killing vampires for money. He is assisted by a wisecracking symbiotic face with various supernatural powers that lives on the palm of his left hand…it’s not really explained at all in the movie. That’s all you really have to know, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, and it’s free on youtube. Keep an ear open for the voice acting talents of notables like John DiMaggio (Bender on Futurama, Jake on Adventure Time, also every cartoon ever at some point) and Dwight Shultz (“Howlin’ Mad” Murdoch on The A-Team, Lt. Barclay on Star Trek: TNG).

Enjoy!

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