Dante’s Inferno – An Animated Epic


Genre: Animation, horror, action

Director/s: Mike Disa (supervising director), Victor Cook, Shukou Murase, Nam Jong-Sik, Lee Seung-Gyu, Kim Sang-Jin, & Yasoumi Umetsu (sequence directors)

Writer/s: Brandon Auman

Running Time: 88 mins

Budget: n/a

Released: 9 February 2010


Based upon the EA/Visceral Games video-game, Dante must traverse the nine circles of Hell to save his beloved Beatrice.


There’s been a lot of hype surrounding EA/Visceral Games’ latest video-game entry; Dante’s Inferno (which I will review once I’ve completed the game) and to promote the game even further Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media in association with EA have released a straight-to DVD/Blu-Ray animated adaptation of the video-game.

The film uses what I like to call ‘The Animatrix Formula’, whereby the film is divided up into several sections (in this case; chapters) each of which is directed/animated by a different animation studio.  While the continuity remains intact, it’s clear that the animation changes as Dante’s appearance and the world around him will differ slightly according to the animation style.  For me, the change in animation is both interesting and fun to watch as I can see how a different director is able to interpret the same subject matter in his own unique way.

…Dante is involved in battle, slaying one demon after the next, from topless she-demons to demonic unbaptized infants with knives for arms…

Though it must be said, if you intend on playing the game, in my opinion it would be best to watch Dante’s Inferno – An Animated Epic after having completed the video-game.  The film acts as a summary of the game so you’ll basically know exactly how the game will play out.

As for the movie itself, Dante’s Inferno articulates the vision of Hell in brutal, gory detail, from beginning to end Dante is involved in battle, slaying one demon after the next, from topless she-demons to demonic unbaptized infants with knives for arms, the depths of Hell have no limits.  As Dante passes through each circle of hell, we learn more about his past and why his beloved Beatrice (a pure soul) is trapped in Hell.

While this animated film is far from ‘epic’, I enjoyed it nonetheless, Dante’s journey into the depths of hell is highly entertaining, if only for the extreme violence and machinations of Lucifer.  While most of the animation studios involved were Asian, the original dub seems to be English language and thankfully the English voice-acting is very good.  If you like your animation morbid and gory, you can’t go wrong with Dante’s Inferno – An Animated Epic.