Lake of Dracula

Japan Release: 1971
Running Time:
82 minutes

Lake of Dracula


Japanese Title

呪いの館 血を吸う眼
[Noroi no Yakata: Chiosu Me]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

Living in the countryside, Akiko Kashigawi meets up with a local handyman about fixing her door. However, they are interrupted by a delivery truck that drops off a large crate. The handyman agrees to come by later to fix the door, occupied with the delivery. As Akiko leaves, the handyman opens the crate to discover a coffin. Meanwhile, Akiko is at her house and shows her sister her latest drawing: a sunset, but with a deep yellow eye instead of a sun. Akiko explains it was inspired by a childhood nightmare. A troubling dream in which she chases a dog into an isolated mansion and discovers a woman's corpse as a tall, yellow eyed man stands nearby with blood dripping from his mouth...

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Titles

International Title

Lake of Dracula

Initial US Title

Lake of Dracula
US Distributor: Toho International (1973) / Time: 82 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Cursed House: Bloodthirsty Eyes
[Literal Translation]

The Bloodthirsty Eyes
[UK DVD Title]


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Staff

Cast

Directed by Michio Yamamoto
Writing credits Ei Ogawa, Masaru Takesue
Produced by Fumio Tanaka
Music by Riichiro Manabe
Cinematography by Rokuro Nishigaki
Film Editing by Hisashi Kondo
Production Design by Juichi Ikuno
Assistant Director Yoshisuke Kawasaki
Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Akiko Kashiwagi Midori Fujita
Saeki Takashi, Doctor Osahide Takahashi
Natsuko Kashiwagi Sanae Emi
Vampire Shin Kishida
Kyusaka, Handyman Kaku Takashina
Bitten Patient Mika Katsuragi
Doctor Tatsuo Matsushita
Delivery Driver Tadao Futami
- Yasuzo Ogawa
- Wataru Omae
- Hideji Otaki
- Suji Otaki
- Fusako Tachibana
- Tadao Fumi
- Keiichi Noda

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DVDs and Blu-rays

United Kingdom Region 2 Lake of Dracula: The Bloodthirsty Eyes Artsmagic (2001) Order
Japan Region 2 Cursed House: Bloodthirsty Eyes Toho (2005)
United Kingdom Blu-Ray The Bloodthirsty Trilogy Arrow Video (2018) Order

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Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 18th, 1986 with the registration number of PA0000317016. This registration contained the international title, Lake of Dracula, and a shorted version of the Romaji title, Chiosu Me.
  • Lake of Dracula is the middle entry in the "Bloodthirsy trilogy", a series of unconnected vampire films directed by Michio Yamamoto. The other movies in the series include Vampire Doll (1970) and Evil of Dracula (1974). The name for the trilogy, which has been used in media releases like the "Bloodthirsty Box" DVD box set from Toho, comes from the Japanese titles, which always featured the word "Bloodthirsty" (血を吸う - Chiosu).
  • Vampire Doll (1970), the first entry in the "Bloodthirsy trilogy", had originally been created around miscommunication, with director Michio Yamamoto wanting to create a movie like those of Alfred Hitchcock while producer Fumio Tanaka was more interested in a more traditional monster horror film. After Vampire Doll was a success, though, Tanaka got his wish and a more traditional vampire film was created with Lake of Dracula. This fact is found in the book Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo (ISBN: 0922915474).
  • The early working title for the movie was "The Phantom Vampire" (幻の吸血鬼 - Maboroshi no Kyuketsuki). This was present on multiple early drafts of the script in 1970. The final title first appeared on scripts on January 8th, 1971, seen on the front cover of the 4th draft of the script. This was submitted a little over 5 months before the movie's June 16th, 1971 release.

Reviews

Anthony Romero Star Rating
August 20, 2005