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TASTE THE BLOOD OF JAPULA !,
This review is from: Lake Of Dracula [VHS] (DVD)
Rarely seen by Western audiences, this transposition of a Euro-style vampire tale to modern (1970s) Japan is creepy and effective. A schoolteacher and her younger sister live by the edge of an eerie lake, some distance away from the city. Traumatized by a nightmare she had when she was five, the teacher is haunted by the memory of a strange man with staring, golden eyes. When the caretaker takes delivery of a crate containing an ornate coffin, she comes to realise that her frightening recollections may not be the result of a bad dream after all...
Although it uses mainly traditional vampire elements, "Lake of Dracula" has a fresh, otherwoldly quality that helps make it a compelling piece of cinema. Featuring a truly menacing vampire, it's the perfect antidote to rubbish like the "Blade" series and "Razorblade Smile" etc. Highly recommended.