Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

April 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm (9 Heads, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust – 2000 – Japan/United States

In the post-apocalyptic future, humans are hunted by vampires, werewolves, and mutants. In a frontier village, a vampire count kidnaps the mayor’s daughter. To rescue her, the mayor hires D, a half-vampire bounty hunter. D pursues the count across the country, followed by some tank-driving cyborg mercenaries known as the Marcus Brothers. The count intends to flee Earth in a spaceship, but D apprehends him. To D’s surprise, the mayor’s daughter is the count’s willing bride. Considering his melancholic life as a half-vampire outcast, D cannot accept the lovers’ relationship. A bloody duel ensues.

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Blood and Roses

May 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm (9 Heads, Blood and Roses) (, , , )

Blood and Roses – 1960 – France

Blood and Roses is a French flick adapting Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel Carmilla. Other adaptations include Vampyr (Danish, 1932), The Vampire Lovers (British, 1970), and The Blood Spattered Bride (Spanish, 1972). While Carmilla created the lesbian vampire archetype, this is barely apparent in the edited U.S. release of Blood and Roses, missing much sexuality from the French version. I find the resultant ambiguity intriguing, but some would disagree.

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