Mr Sagawa goes to see his girlfriend, Yuko Nonomura, at her
remote country home, only to be told that she has died in a car crash. But he
sees Yuko and follows her to the graveyard. Meanwhile, his sister Keiko gets worried
that she has not heard from him, and she and her boyfriend Hiroshi set out to
the Nonomura house to investigate.
Mr Sagawa survives the
most boring taxi driver ever to feature in a movie, only to face even greater
perils at his girlfriend's home. Mother has that knowing smile that says she could
single-handedly reduce the movie to 6.5 minutes - but her lips are sealed. the
igor-like servant is similarly dumb - no really, he's deaf and dumb. And evil
looking. Mr Sagawa's investigations don't take him further than the graveyard,
but his sister is made of sterner stuff, and bullies her boyfriend right through
the investigation, stopping only to apologise when she shows bad manners (like
confronting a murderer).
This is a Japanese film made in the Hammer Horror
tradition; there's not a lot Japanese about it, and not much vampiric either,
though Yuko's coldness and evil grin do suggest a standard Hammer Vampire. Dracula
isn't even hinted at, and it's never made clear how Yuko could be hypnotized into
For all that, it has a steady flow of suspense,
and some interesting characterisations.
of Dracula was the first in 'The Bloodthirsty Trilogy'. Three films from director
Michio Yamamoto, with a common feature that Dracula neither appears, nor is mentioned.
That's what they call 'marketing'.