Release dateJuly 24, 2004 (2004-07-24) WriterCarl Macek, Brian Pulido (story) GenresAnime, Animation, Horror, Fantasy CastChristine Auten (Lady Death / Hope), Mike Kleinhenz (Lucifer / Matthias), Andy McAvin (Pagan), Mike MacRae (Asmodeus, Large Torture Troll) Similar moviesThe Devil's Advocate, Ghost Rider, All Ladies Do It, Frivolous Lola, The Exorcist, Student Services
TaglineNaughty girls go to hell... Really naughty girls conquer it.
Lady Death: The Movie is a 2004 American animated film based on the comic book character Lady Death. This film was the first animation project produced by now-defunct anime distributor A.D. Vision. It had premiered at the 2004 Comic-Con convention. The film was released on DVD October 9, 2004, and had been aired on A.D. Vision's Anime Network. This film has not been rated. A Blu-ray Disc edition of the film was released by AEsir Holdings and Section23 Films on September 20, 2011.
The movie begins in 15th century Sweden. Hope, the beautiful and innocent daughter of Matthias (a skilled mercenary who is in actuality Lucifer himself), is accused of being the devil's consort. Hope is sentenced by the town priest to be burned at the stake. Matthias, through a proxy, offers her life if she surrenders herself to him and joins him in Hell. At first she agrees to his terms, but Matthias's plan to corrupt her is soon met with unanticipated resistance, as Hope rejects his scheme and eventually finds herself transformed into the powerful warrior Lady Death, who challenges Lucifer for control of Hell itself.
Differences between the film and Comic
Many of the events from the comics are altered in the animated film. Instead of summoning a demon with whom she bargains for her life, Hope's spell summons a pair of flying demons that carry her physically to Hell (restoring her badly burned body in the process), dropping her in the court of her father, who intends for her to join him by his side. When she refuses, he casts her out, only for her to side with the master blacksmith Cremator, an escaped slave of his, and to lead an army of hellspawn creatures against him. In this continuity, her curse is to be trapped in Hell for as long as one of Lucifer's allies remains alive. Unlike in the comic, Lady Death is presented as more of a heroine whose goal isn't to destroy all life on earth, but to liberate Hell from Lucifer's tyranny.
The castle of Matthias is based on Duurstede Castle.
Christine M. Auten as Lady Death/Hope
Mike Kleinhenz as Lucifer/Matthias
Andy McAvin as Pagan
Rob Mungle as Cremator
Mike MacRae as Asmodeus, Large Torture Troll
Chris Patton as Niccolo
Dwight Clark as Father Orbec
Maureen McCullough as Marion
Ted Pfister as Elderly Man
Marcy Rae as Elderly Woman
Greg Ayres as Young Man
Jason Douglas as Matthias Guards, Stable Demons
Ben Pronsky as Matthias Guards
John Swasey as General Ahriman, Torture Guards, Demon Priest
James Reed Faulkner as General Utuk Xul
Laura Butcher as Lucifer's Concubines
Marizol Cabrera-Ojeda as Lucifer's Concubines
Shelley Calene-Black as Lucifer's Concubines
Geana Lewis as Lucifer's Concubines
Mary Marquez as Lucifer's Concubines
Adam Colon as Small Tortue Troll
General reception has mostly been negative. Mike Dungan of Mania.com (then known as AnimeOnDvd.com) gave the film a C. Dungan states that the script limits the appeal of the movie. However, the animation and acting were fine in that this was a good first effort for ADV.