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The Bloodthirsty Trilogy

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday May 22, 2018
The Bloodthirsty Trilogy

A trio of bloodsucking vampire horror films from Japan came out in the early to mid 1970's that ushered in a new genre for the East Asian country. Much like the Hammer Studios that produced slews of horror films, the Toho company created the three films seen in "The Bloodthirsty Trilogy," a collection of obscure movies that's the norm of the Arrow Video retro company.

The first film on this two-disc Blu-ray set, "The Vampire Doll," is known by so many other alternate names that it's hard to keep track of them all. Originally titled "Legacy of Dracula," the film has nothing to do with that classic Transylvania bloodsucker. Yet to capitalize on the Dracula name, Toho Studios borrowed the name to make "The Vampire Doll" a hit. At only 71 minutes long, the film moves along at a snail's pace, yet drips with atmosphere, spooky shadows, and a bit of gore also.

The plot: A missing brother causes a young Japanese couple to go frantically searching for him. Their fruitless search brings them to a gothic mansion where a supposedly deceased woman once lived. It seems her vampire-like ghost has been haunting the house and causing gruesome deaths.

Of the three films includes on "The Bloodthirsty Trilogy," "The Vampire Doll" intrigues and scares the most. The disc it's housed on includes the only special feature found in the box set (besides trailers and still galleries). Called "Kim Newman on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy," the critic/writer discusses the three films and the impact they had on Japanese cinema. At only 16 minutes long, the featurette slightly disappoints (as do the lack of other extras).

"Lake of Dracula" and "Evil of Dracula" (on Disc Two) take place at a lake and boarding school, respectively. Both feature vampires as its theme, but there isn't a hint of Dracula in either film.

"The Bloodthirsty Trilogy"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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