As part of its Nightmares from the Crypt series, the independent, non-profit Gateway Film Center is proud to present Michio Yamamoto’s bizarre and beguiling trio of Japanese vampire films, December 7-26.
Inspired by the runaway success of the British and American gothic horror films of the sixties, Toho studios brought the vampiric tropes of the Dracula legend to Japanese screens with The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula – three spookily effective cult classics collectively known as “The Bloodthirsty Trilogy.”
“Abounding with images of dark thunderous nights, ghostly mansions, and bloody fangs, Michio Yamamoto’s trilogy emphasizes atmosphere and style and is sure to please both fans of classic gothic horror and Japanese genre cinema,” shared GFC President Chris Hamel.
In The Vampire Doll, a young man goes missing after visiting his girlfriend s isolated country home. His sister and her boyfriend trace him to the creepy mansion, but their search becomes perilous when they uncover a gruesome family history. Lake of Dracula begins with a young girl suffering a terrifying nightmare of a vampire with blazing golden eyes. Eighteen years later, the dream is revealed to be a hellish prophecy when a strange package containing an empty coffin mysteriously turns up at a nearby lake. And in Evil of Dracula, a professor takes up a new post at an all-girls school only to discover the school’s principle conceals a dark secret and the pupils are in grave danger.
· Opening December 7 – THE VAMPIRE DOLL (1970)
· Opening December 14 – LAKE OF DRACULA (1971)
· Opening December 21 – EVIL OF DRACULA (1974)
“The team and I are big believers in both film as an essential format, and in hunting down and bringing fans surprising movie experiences they can’t find anywhere else,” Hamel continued. “We’re looking every day to give Columbus new experiences, new ways of seeing movies, and ways to present movies as their creators intended.”
The Gateway Film Center regularly offers rare, essential, and influential movies presented as part of its From the Collection series. Featuring retrospectives, one-off screenings, special events, and cinematic celebrations, many as newly restored digital prints or in 35mm and 70mm formats, this program serves as a glorious tribute to the art of film for movie buffs, fans, and makers alike. Visit www.gatewayfilmcenter.org for full ticket information.
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