Evil of Dracula
Toshio Kurosawa, Kunie Tanaka
An improvement over Lake of Dracula, this
another pretty predictable plot with a brisk pace, some style, and more
effort to create horror and tension.
Professor Shuaki arrives by train to a remote Japanese
village for his
job as a teacher in the village's girls' school.. He's picked up by Mr.
Yoshi, the assistant of the principal, in a Mercedes The yakuza
only drive American cars in Japan, so I have to wonder if German cars
significance. Maybe, since they only other (working) car seen in the
is German as well.
But I digress. Shuaki is driven to the school, learning
along the way
that the principal's wife was killed in an auto accident several days
Meeting the principal, and invited to stay the night at the school, he
learns that her body is being stored in the basement, it being "a local
tradition" to keep your dead loved ones in the basement for a week.
Strange things start to happen, starting that very
night. Shuaki hears
singing in the night, goes exploring in the next room and finds a
female vampire (well, it is a girls' school). The next thing he
knows is he's in bed, and he decides that it was a dream.
But the strangeness continues. Shuaki hears rumors of
evil things from
Shimamura, the doctor. One dormitory gets hit by a vampire looking like
the principal. Yoshi comes into suspicion as well. As the group of
in the dormitory start getting cut down (and there are only three of
Shuaki, unable to get help from the police, determines that only he can
One of the biggest flaws in the previous Lake of
returns here, that being the endless scenes of having the characters
the audience) jump when a hand or a shrieking bird suddenly enters the
frame. However, there are a number of scenes in the movie that create
tension. The "dream" sequence (where one of the girls borrows Blacula's
roller skates) has some suspense and doesn't make clear what is going
happen. The woods outside the school are used at night to good effect
several scenes. Best of all, the print that I saw didn't seem to be
letting in some bloody effects. Unfortunately, like many Japanese genre
films of the 70s, pan-and-scanning makes a number of the scenes hard to
make out, with a lot of the action cut off at the sides.
And again, it's the fault of those Caucasians for the
in this peaceful community. However, the movie lets them off more
this time. Midway through the movie, we learn that the Caucasian was a
priest shipwrecked off Japan several hundred years earlier, and
by Japanese officials until he spat on a cross and denied knowing his
Left to wander in the desert (?), he became a vampire and terrorized
countryside until he was killed. Or was he? is wondered by Shuaki and
audience. The audience is still wondering at the movie's conclusion,
there is some mumbo about soul transfer. However, we are treated to a
crowd-pleasing wrestling/fist-fight between the protagonist and
during a raging thunderstorm with an out-of-tune guitar plucking random
notes on the soundtrack, so don't say you don't get your money's worth.
And since you can guess the end, I don't think it will hurt to mention
that the vampire then has a scene that echoes Pee-Wee Herman's last
in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. So there are a number of
scenes (amusing and otherwise) that makes this very acceptable
for anyone wanting a taste of Japanese horror.
Dracula doesn't appear in this movie, either.
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See also: Lake Of Dracula, The Black Room, The Dark