“The Bloodthirsty Trilogy The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula”
2-Disc Blu-ray Special Edition
Who doesn’t love a vampire movie? There is something about those legendary creatures that draw us and we can find vampire movies in almost every country that has a film industry. “The Bloodthirsty Trilogy” from Japan was a surprise for me in that I don’t recall ever seeing a Japanese vampire film before and I instantly recognized where they drew their inspiration. Because of the success of the British and American gothic horror films of the sixties, Toho studios brought the vampiric tropes of the Dracula legend to Japanese screens with three films, “The Vampire Doll”, “Lake of Dracula”, and “Evil of Dracula” three films that became cult classics and are collectively known as “The Bloodthirsty Trilogy”.
In “The Vampire Doll”, a young man goes missing after visiting his girlfriend s isolated country home. His sister and her boyfriend trace him to the creepy mansion, but their search becomes perilous when they uncover a gruesome family history.
“Lake of Dracula” begins with a young girl suffering a terrifying nightmare of a vampire with blazing golden eyes. Eighteen years later, the dream is revealed to be a hellish prophecy when a strange package containing an empty coffin mysteriously turns up at a nearby lake.
In “Evil of Dracula”, a professor takes up a new post at an all-girls school only to discover the school’s principle conceals a dark secret and the pupils are in grave danger.
These three films are filled with “images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions and bloody fangs” in which director Michio Yamamoto s trilogy emphasizes atmosphere and style.
Special edition contents include:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
Newly translated English subtitles
Kim Newman on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy, a new video appraisal by the critic and writer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Japanese film expert Jasper Sharp