Evil of Dracula (1974)

The third entry in director Michio Yamamoto’s Bloodthirsty Trilogy, this Toho-produced vampire film ends this non-connected cycle by telling the story of Professor Shiraki (Toshio Kurosawa, Lady Snowblood), who comes to teach at a new school and discovers that he may not be ready for this strange place.

You have to love a vampire movie that has Dracula finding himself shipwrecked in Edo period Japan, a time when Christianity was illegal. Forced to spit on the cross and wander the desert, he is forced to drink his own blood to survive. Acquiring a taste for it he soon begins feeding on the blood of the locals.

It turns out that the past principal was also a vampire and has been feeding on his student body. This involves shredding their clothes off their bodies and drinking right from their breasts, which leads me to believe that this movie is more inspired by the later, more naughty side of Hammer.

Shin Kishida is the vampire again — he also played one in Lake of Dracula — but there isn’t any mention of him being the same character. That said, the love going even past death theme that exists in so much Hammer and in later films like Bram Stoker’s Dracula is in full effect here.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime or buy the entire Bloodthirsty Trilogy from Arrow Video.

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