This is one the better Dracula sequels. The settings are perfectly chosen. Unfortunately, the only witness to the vampire invasion gets bitten, along with several other people in town. One of the main problems is the fact that the film really suffers from a stiff and dragged out beginning where not a whole lot really makes an impact. That is my only real issue with this though. Events become ever more peculiar, with a dead body arriving at the hospital drained of blood but with two puncture holes in the neck, all of which the local doctor, Saeki Chôei Takahashi finds most perplexing. It reminds of several classic American horror movies in a positive way.
This is one of the best vampire movies ever made. Even so, he still isn't quite able to make the connection when a patient is admitted to the emergency room totally drained of blood and with two bite marks on her neck. Her joyful sister Natsuko doesn't believe her but her fiancé Doctor Saeki Takashi starts to investigate when one of his patients who lived near the lake is brought to his hospital with two bite marks on her neck. I especially liked the heavy use of makeup on some of the characters along with the fog which helped to create an overall eerie atmosphere. After a coffin is delivered to a sleepy little Japanese town, one of the locals discovers that its occupant isn't dead yet.
This one is quite a good Vampire film. This movie is scarier then The Exorcist. If you're a fan of vampire movies and you have some spare time on your hands, then maybe give this one a try, because in some ways, the fact that it's set in Japan is somewhat of a refreshing and intriguing change compared to the typical vampire films. Interesting as a Japanese version of a Hammer horror but although it looked fairly good, with all the expected cobwebs, old house, awkward fangs, multiple shots of bite marks same every time and repeated? I had some difficulty with this one. It's fun if your looking for a laugh but only for that. Otherwise known as 'Noroi no yakata-Chi o su me', this was the second in a vampire trilogy released by Toho, who were by this time coming to the end of the first wave of their Godzilla film series.
Her fragile yet determined nature is perfecrly balanced in this movie. Takashi Saeki Chôei Takahashi are full of resolve but never quite as interesting - their personalities are strictly confined to solving the various problems at hand leaving no room for characterisation. But be warned, don't set your standards too high and don't be surprised if you find some of the scenes to be more like a comedy than horror film. This film is interesting to say the least and it's definitely a different take on the vampire myth, with the setting being in a lakeside resort somewhere in Japan. This movie has a great story line. I suppose Japanese vampire movies are a fairly niche market, and anyone who wants the blood-drenched Gothicisms of a Hammer horror may feel a little short-changed by this more lyrical approach: a noteworthy Nipponese nosferatu. These virtues wear out pretty fast though, and the movie quickly becomes over-reliant on coincidence and contrivance, with the heroine experiencing one narrow escape too many; the tone becomes repetitive, and the mythology lackadaisical.
The beautiful town by the lake turns into a sinister trap. If you want to make fun of it like they do watch it back to back with Evil of Dracula. Likewise, there's also the rather economical manner this one manages to make the heroine think of her predicament and how she buys into it all, as a few throwaway lines regarding the Western methods of dealing with vampires and yet it's completely bought into without so much as a real questionable thought. It is a perhaps surprisingly effective chiller starring Shin Kishida as a gaunt, golden eyed vampire. As she arrives, the handyman receives an unexpected delivery which he later discovers is a crate containing a white coffin.
The main issue is an odd desire for the filmmakers to leave the vampire as such a minor character — apart from a pleasing finale and some hiding in corners, he is left with little to do, leaving, sadly, the less arresting actors to do the majority of the heavy-lifting. Akiko believes the current events are somehow related to a traumatizing event she went through when she was only five years old. However, the opening flashback has a very eerie atmosphere and the first scene in the present when a mysterious coffin is delivered sets the tone for the rest of the movie. If it does not scary you no movie will. An Excrutatingly bad film from Toho. For example, the lead antagonist does an excellent job in his portrayal and the women who are transformed into vampires have a seductive, exotic aura about them. Building the strange crate delivery alongside her arrival at the same time is quite nicely handled, and the first attacks, as well as the discovery of their aftermath, all come off rather well as the mystery starts to unfold.
If nothing else, the film did have some influence — the impressive No Wave band, Lake of Dracula, taking their name from the movie. However, it's really the big confrontation at the end which really works best here with the Gothic imagery and action really making for a great finish and gives this one a lot to really like here with the way it all wraps up inside the basement and spreading throughout the rest of the house. Once it's confirmed that there are vampires involved, things pick up far more here with the Gothic action scenes really enhancing this one from the ambush in the car at the same time the two of them trap her in the home and begin tormenting her or the hospital awakening sequence give this some really energetic and lively moments. Still, while these are the film's good points there are a few negative issues. Less well exploited is the titular lake, an opportunity for invention well and truly missed. The vampire's strange house has an otherworldly vibe to it. Meanwhile, Akiko has sadly found her beloved dog dead in the woods with the dinner-avoiding handyman close-by and acting oddly.
A leisurely start is basically followed by a wordy middle and amazingly a rather slow ending, just when things really should have been going bump. He would later score the likes of and Godzilla vs. Despite the title there isn't really much of a lake in the plot. Nice that it was made clear that these were not Japanese vampires but foreigners. By focusing on her burgeoning mental instability doesn't make for a fun time here regardless of how well the vampire storyline is built through these events, this one really takes more time than it should in letting loose with its story and comes across as somewhat duller than it should be considering what goes on. Still, fans of classic horror cinema will dig the combination of Japanese culture and Western horror tropes.
Overall the movie contains some worthwhile and intriguing aspects. Now, rather than detail any more of the movie and risk spoiling it for those who haven't seen it I will just say that, even though this basic story has been told many times and in many ways, this particular film was somewhat unique due in large part to the Japanese setting. In any case, while the movie was certainly no blockbuster I think it deserves at least an average rating. Tadao Futami should also receive special mention as a very quirky, unnerving 'truck driver. The mysterious vampire is played by Kishida Shin and truly terrifying.