The hospital the doctor works in looks sinsiter at night. More people need to see this movie. The vampire's strange house has an otherworldly vibe to it. If there was a plot. If it does not scary you no movie will. 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. It is a perhaps surprisingly effective chiller starring Shin Kishida as a gaunt, golden eyed vampire.
If compared to the first entry in the franchise, Lake of Dracula isn't as intense from start to finish as the creepy The Vampire Doll. Obliged to snoop around inside, they are faced with a figure appearing out of the gloom, fangs bared and none too welcoming. Things start getting really intense in the second half when the protagonist gets attacked at home and her fiancé in his car. Needless to say, the dialogue at least in this dubbed version and acting are seldom more than functional. As she arrives, the handyman receives an unexpected delivery which he later discovers is a crate containing a white coffin. If you want to make fun of it like they do watch it back to back with Evil of Dracula. The story revolves around school teacher Kashiwagi Akiko who lives near a peaceful lake.
Still, while these are the film's good points there are a few negative issues. 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. Tadao Futami should also receive special mention as a very quirky, unnerving 'truck driver. Her fragile yet determined nature is perfecrly balanced in this movie. This is one the better Dracula sequels.
Fujita is a timid, shallow female lead, difficult to empathise with, even when her dog is killed — in fairness, she has proved herself to be all but useless in terms of preventing him from constantly running way. 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. 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. Likewise, having a pretty actress like the aforementioned Sanae Emi certainly didn't hurt either. It also has great special effects.
The movie looks a little bit dated nowadays but still convinces with very good acting performances, a lot of atmosphere and great locations. 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. There are a few too many dialogues in the middle section and scenes like the two sisters going shopping in a nearby town are irrelevant to the story. That is my only real issue with this though. When a coffin is delivered to a local boathouse by a strange truck driver, strange events start to occur. Overall the movie contains some worthwhile and intriguing aspects.
This one is quite a good Vampire film. Nice that it was made clear that these were not Japanese vampires but foreigners. This movie has a great story line. Overall the movie contains some worthwhile and intriguing aspects. Even some of the fine action scenes throughout here, from the abduction in the woods before being startled away and the hospital resurrection of the first body to the idea of the nightly romps through the woods where he's able to feast on her friend despite continually denying it all makes for a rather fun time here and sells the idea of her mental competence rather well which runs through the first half of the film. I had some difficulty with this one.
From then on, the film has intense pace and ends very dramatically as well. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Fujita Midori delivers the goods as lead actress in her very first film and it's a mystery to me why she only starred in six movies in her whole career. Arriving at a small lake-side town, a new teacher comes to suspect that someone is behind the strange incidents and dead bodies piling up around town, and when she learns that a master vampire has moved into the area she sets out to stop his blood-soaked reign against the villagers. If nothing else, the film did have some influence — the impressive No Wave band, Lake of Dracula, taking their name from the movie. It is a must see. 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. 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.
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. Skipping forward many years, Akiko is still with Leo and is venturing out to find a handyman, Kyûsaku, to fix her door. It certainly won't change your world, but it is significantly more than the bygone horror curio I thought it was going to be. It will scary you out of your mind. The mysterious vampire is played by Kishida Shin and truly terrifying. 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. His is a very alien, feral vampire and very eerie because of this, as are his doll-like brides.
This film will make you skin crawl and give you goose bumps. And then things really begin to happen. 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? Everything works in a surprisingly restrained, sinister way, except the vampire's eventual demise, which is terrifying. After a coffin is delivered to a sleepy little Japanese town, one of the locals discovers that its occupant isn't dead yet. Only one woman, Akiko, knows the truth, but even she doubts what she is seeing. This movie is scarier then The Exorcist. Colourful but slightly annoying in that the makers had clearly seen many Hammers yet the cast had not because they seemed oblivious to the end, when all had to be spelled out.