Castlevania: Nocturne Pits Humans Against Blood-Suckers In a French Revolution Backdrop

The lineage of vampire hunters has a duty to uphold as Richter Belmont takes on the duplicitous vampire queen.
Published On August 05, 2023

Castlevania: Nocturne pits the whip-wielding successor of Trevor Belmont against the vampire queen Erzsebet Báthory, hiding as nobility to incite turmoil during the French Revolution. 

Trevor Belmont never managed to put an end to the grand vampiric schemes at the end of his acrobatic bout with Dracula and Death — only putting things on hold for future Vampire Killer wielders to handle. Castlevania: Nocturne pits Richter Belmont (Edward Bluemel) against another uprising of Dracula and his lackeys, set amid the French Revolution in 1792 this time around.

Based on the 1993 game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and its sequel Symphony of the Night, Nocturne is set centuries after the initial outing of Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, and Alucard.

  • The series focuses on Richter Belmont (a descendant of Trevor and Sypha) and a ragtag group of vampire hunters and magicians who “battle vicious monsters while also facing down on their own inner demons.”
  • Initially setting out to hunt the vampire Orlox, who killed his mother years ago, Richter gets caught up in the midst of a scheme orchestrated by Erzsebet Báthory (Franka Potente) — posing as French nobility to incite turmoil and “leave the world in eternal darkness.”

Bearing an art style characteristic of Japanese animation, Nocturne takes cues from the French Revolution as well as older folklore of Hungarian noblewoman and alleged serial killer Erzsebet Báthory — seemingly hinting that the vampire queen will be more than just brute force.

  • Akin to the original series, Nocturne shows the conniving politics of the vampiric hierarchy — intertwining hidden agendas with the turmoil of that era’s French politics.
  • While the trailer makes indications of intense emotions at bay, Dracula’s involvement is kept entirely under wraps — masking the fact whether the character experiences another forced revival or has simply not been put to rest.

While likely to be spread across multiple seasons, all 8 episodes of Castlevania: Nocturne will release on September 28 on Netflix. The entire four seasons of Castlevania are available on the streamer.