Yureiyashiki no Kyofu: Chi o Suu Ningyo
The Vampire Doll
Legacy of Dracula / The Bloodthirsty Doll / The Night of the Vampire / Bloodsucking Doll / The Ghost Mansion's Horror: A Bloodsucking Doll
Fumio Tanaka, Tomiyuki Tanaka for Toho
directed by Michio Yamamoto
starring Kayo Matsuo, Akira Nakao, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoko Minakaze, Atsuo Nakamura, Jun Usami, Itaru Takashima, Jun Hamamura, Sachio Sakai, Kinzo Sekiguchi
written by Hiroshi Nagano, Ei Ogawa, music by Riichiro Manabe
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After six months abroad, Kazuhiko (Atsuo Nakamura) shows up at his
fiancée Yuko's (Yukiko Kobayashi) doorstep - only to learn from her
mother (Yoko Minakaze) that the girl has died in a carcrash two weeks ago.
Kazuhiko stays over night - and actually sees Yuko while visiting her
grave. She begs him to kill her, but ultimately ...
Keiko (Kayo Matsuo)
is worried about her brother Kazuhiko, who hasn't come back from visiting
his fiancée in eight days, in fact he hasn't even called ... so she
persuades her boyfriend Hiroshi (Akira Nakao) to accompany her to Yuko's
place to find out what exactly is going on. Once there, the two learn that
Yuko has died, and Kazuhiko has left a week ago - but they are not
convinced, and staying over night, Reiko actually sees Yuko ...
day, Reiko Hiroshi try to figure out if Yuko has really died - but every
lead they follow seems to suggest just that - until Hiroshi meets a
gravedigger who offers to dig up the coffin to make totally sure ... and
while the coffin contains nothing but a doll, the gravedigger is killed by
the real Yuko (or her spirit or her vampire self or ...).
meanwhile has gone back to Yuko's mother to so some investigating - but is
soon locked in and sedated by family doctor Yamaguchi (Jun Usami). Hiroshi
eventually arrives at Yuko's place and manages to free Reiko, and together
the two even find Hiroshi - quite dead - and Yuko - quite creepy.
finale, Hiroshi and Reiko are held by Doc Yamaguchi at gunpoint, who only
noe gives up the whole secret of Yuko: She was his child with Yuko's
mother from a rape, and when Yuko was bro9ught back home badly injured
after the carcrash, he hypnotized her into becoming a vampire to save her
life, but saw to it that she was officially pronounced dead (after all, he
is a doctor). Enter Yuko, who now quickly kills the good doctor, but right
after that, she dies and quickly decomposes, because she was under Doc
Yamaguchi's spell and could only be released with his death.
and moody ghost-/vampire-story, not entirely perfect and a little
far-fetched storywise (even for a ghost-/vampire-story), but atmospheric
enough to easily make up for its shortcomings. No masterpiece, but totally