I'll be hosting a screening of the rarely-seen Toho-produced, Hammer-inspired vampire film LAKE OF DRACULA at Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn.
The 1960s and 1970s saw the world go Dracula crazy, with sinister black-caped bloodsuckers starring in films from America, Britain, France, Spain, and further afield in Yugoslavia, Pakistan, and Japan. While many of the Japanese horror movies of this time period centered around the country’s classical ghost stories, director Michio Yamamoto’s Bloodthirsty Trilogy takes a distinctly more Western approach to supernatural chills. LAKE OF DRACULA, the second film in this series, is a little-seen example of gothic eeriness.
Artist Akiko is haunted by a half-remembered childhood encounter with a set of yellow eyes and as bizarre events begin to swirl about her, she begins to doubt her own sanity. Could she be the victim of a vampiric curse, returning after all this time to claim her as one of the undead? Will she be able to uncover the mystery before she falls victim to the bloodlust that lurks behind that hypnotic gaze? This unusual entry into the vampire canon combines the lush colors and elegant cinematography characteristic of Toho productions with folklore and plot elements typically found in Hammer Films to create a unique experience certain to appeal to fans of international horror cinema.