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Inspired by the runaway 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 The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula – three spookily effective cult classics 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. 

Abounding with images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions and bloody fangs, Michio Yamamoto’s trilogy emphasises atmosphere and style and is sure to please both fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese genre cinema.

Special Features

  • 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 
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
245 minutes
Director:
Michio Yamamoto
Certificate:
18
Subtitle Languages:
English
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Theatrical Release Year:
1974
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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Arrow Films

Inspired by the runaway 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 The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula – three spookily effective cult classics 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. 

Abounding with images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions and bloody fangs, Michio Yamamoto’s trilogy emphasises atmosphere and style and is sure to please both fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese genre cinema.

Special Features

  • 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 
studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
245 minutes
Director:
Michio Yamamoto
Certificate:
18
Subtitle Languages:
English
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Theatrical Release Year:
1974
Main Language:
Japanese
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
B
Brand:
Arrow Video

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'The Blood-Thirsty Trilogy' is is a wickedly windswept work of exquisitely eerie majesty!

‘The Vampire Doll’ (Legacy of Dracula), ‘Lake of Dracula’ and ‘Evil of Dracula’ are the uniquely flavoured, nightmarishly insidious, neck-tormenting, shadow-steeped 1970s terror trilogy known collectively as ‘The Bloodthirsty Trilogy’, Asian horror’s very own marvellously malefic, morbidly tomb-trifling, sensually-sublime, supernaturally necrophilic triptych of recklessly-reanimating, sanity straining midnight prowling madness! Deliriously devilish director Michio Yamamoto’s sinfully sanguineous, sordidly strange, colourfully unhinged, singularly off-beat vision of vintage, full-blooded, marrow-freezing, fear-haunted Hammer Gothic is a wickedly windswept work of exquisitely eerie majesty, this darkly-envisioned, doom-infested, unwholesomely unholy trilogy of gruesomely feeding, golden-eyed vampires is mesmeric macabre manna for Gothic-minded, grave sleeping, shape-shifting, sin-seeking, hungrily bodice-ripping, gore-sipping ghouls and salaciously Satan-serving, fly-eating fearlings alike! – FYI, When planning a trip to ‘Lake Dracula’ don’t forget to pack a pin-sharp wooden stake with your sirloin steaks, some additional holy water along with your firewater and a silver crucifix to go with your fruit-a-bix! And should an uncommonly gaunt, livid-looking local invite you to dine in terror tone’s sublime, please politely decline; since the cadaverous cove doesn’t drink...wine!’

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