A European Vampire in Japan
On Diabolique, I review Nobuo Nakagawa’s LADY VAMPIRE.
Whatever shortcomings Lady Vampire may have is not enough to counter its chaotic appeal. It may be less gory than Nobuo Nakagawa’s next two films, and big parts of it may make no sense, but it’s possessed of an enthusiastic willingness to be weird. Even at his most careless, Nobuo Nakagawa assembles an interesting film, and the pastiche of influences — he cribs an eerie scene of dead brides in suspended animation from Universal’s Black Cat (1932) and an old school transformation effect from Paramount’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) — makes for a film that is as entertaining as it is schizophrenic.