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Hideyuki Kikuchi, the writer of the Vampire Hunter D novels that this movie is based on, uses more of the Hammer Horror universe of Dracula stories as his basis for storytelling rather than the original Dracula novel written by Bram Stoker. In the original novel, Dracula was more of a magical being who was able to walk around in daylight, could shape shift into multiple forms (bats, a wolf, fog), and could use hypnosis as a means of distant communication between himself and his victims/cohorts. There was also more of an emphasis on natural elements being the tools to fight him off (and fight vampires in general) that included - garlic, rose stems, communion wafers (bread), mirrors, silver, etc. And while Universal Pictures subtly changed and added to many of these elements with their own Dracula (1931) movies, it was actually the Hammer Horror studios who nonchalantly refined and created the more commonly known (and popular) rules that future vampire films adhered to: Crosses frighten, paralyze, and burn vampires. Holy water burns a vampire like acid. Sunlight turns any part of a vampire it hits into dust. If a vampire falls into a body of water, they would become paralyzed and fall into a coma. Human blood could immediately cure most ailments and injuries a vampire has sustained. Only pure wooden stakes through the heart would kill a vampire while anything else through the heart would just stun them. And any item associated with the Catholic church would automatically be a weapon that can be used against a vampire (cloaks, bibles, incense, and the building itself). These rules and regulations have all appeared in many of the Vampire Hunter D novels at some point or another.
And so one can then assume that the main protagonist in the Vampire Hunter franchise, D, is the descendant of the Dracula played by Christopher Lee and not the Dracula from the original novel or the Dracula played by Bela Lugosi. See more »
Count Magnus Lee:
[Rei Ginsei stands between Count Lee and his wedding procession]
Rei, stand aside or die.
Your days are over, Count Lee.
[takes out Time Traveling Incense, blinding the procession]
Wait fifty years, you said? Do you even remember what fifty years is to us? I lost my left hand because of you! I watched all my comrades die, and for what? But all that ends here and now. You're going to die, Count Lee!
Count Magnus Lee:
[dissipates the candle and shatters it, then chuckles]
Did you *really* think that would work on me, ...
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In the Streamline Pictures English-dubbed release, a graphic shot of Count Magnus Lee's face crumbling during the final battle with D is replaced with a red flash. This change remains present in all subsequent North American prints, including the bilingual DVD and the subtitled VHS released by Urban Vision. See more »
I find it hard to classify anything with this much blood, guts, entrails and brain matter as "camp," but others seem to think it is so. They are entitled to their opinions.
The story is what I can't get over; it's really incredible. We've got actual characters here, with inner lives of their own; dreams, hopes, fears, and prejudices. Nobody does anything because it's convenient for the plot, the characters act because that's who they ARE. It's really quite refreshing, actually.
This is the original classic film, though I have it on authority that the comic is better. Be that as it may, this is a wonderful story with some great characters (and cutie females) that doesn't waste a second of its 85-minutes running time.
Supremely good for 1985. Anyone know where I can see the sequel?
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