First of all, with animation one needn't worry about crappy CGI jobs or bad casting decisions. Second, nobody needs to clear a set for filming or direct a bunch of incompetent divas. Best of all, I can count on one hand the number of animated films that drag on and on -- inversely, I can count on one hand the number of live-action films that don't. Aside from this, animated horror is vulnerable to any other criticism as any other horror movie.
The two animated horror features I've chosen are Lady Death, an American origin story based upon a comic book character of the same name, and Blood: The Last Vampire, a Japanese anime based upon a single-volume manga (which is the best type of manga, if you ask me). Blood is not an origin story but both of these feature strong female lead characters.
(2004) ** 1/2
A native of 15th century Sweden, Hope is the devout Christian daughter of a powerful general who takes great pleasure in abusing his power. He is also Lucifer in disguise, and once he shows his true form and vanishes to Hell, Hope is condemned to being burned at the stake for associating with him. All she has ever asked for is to see her lover Niccolo, but it becomes quickly apparent that her life will never be the same again once she is hurled headfirst into Hell by two winged demons -- truly, a badass animated sequence.
|LD's trustworthy steed is pretty badass, too.|
Blood: The Last Vampire
I bumped this up from 3 1/2 stars because I craved more Blood after it was over! A 43-minute anime horror tale of Vietnam era Japan featuring vampires and worse, chiropterans.
There's no back story provided for Saya (the last "original" vampire) or the chiropterans. The benefit is that we are spared any cheesy flashbacks of a time when life was easier and people weren't being eaten alive by hellish demons. Unfortunately, we are also left in the dark and must sit along for the ride like a hostage left to the director's whims.
|A snapshot of Elvira in high school? Nah, just a demon and a girl.|