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“If the devil is to exist in this world, it cannot look like a devil.” I don’t know. How will we recognize it? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they polish off the Bloodthirsty Trilogy with Toho’s Evil of Dracula(1974).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 113 – Evil of Dracula (1974)
A teacher assumes a position at a school that’s run by a vampire.IMDb
- Director: Michio Yamamoto
- Writers: Ei Ogawa, Masaru Takesue; Bram Stoker (character)
- Toshio Kurosawa as Professor Shiraki
- Mariko Mochizuki as Kumi Saijô
- Kunie Tanaka as Dr. Shimomura
- Shin Kishida as The Principal
- Katsuhiko Sasaki as Professor Yoshi
- Mio Ôta as Yukiko Mitamura
- Mika Katsuragi as Principal’s Wife
- Keiko Aramaki as Kyôko Hayashi
- Yûnosuke Itô as Takakura / Detective
After covering The Vampire Doll (1970) and Lake of Dracula (1971), it is only natural that the Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew would complete the hat trick with Evil of Dracula, the final film in the Bloodthirsty Trilogy. The Grue-Crewmates have differing opinions on where Evil of Dracula fits in the hierarchy within the loosely connected trilogy, but they universally appreciate the film.
Bill points out that the setting in the girl’s school bears a certain resemblance to Lust for a Vampire (1971), while Doc was fired up to finally complete the trilogy, loving it all the way. Chad always loves a good vampire dissolve and melt and Jeff goes for the hand deflation that’s used in all three of the films.
What used to be a holy grail for horror fans, nearly impossible to find, is now readily available. Your loyal 70s Grue-Crew all say check these out! At this writing, The Vampire Doll (1970), Lake of Dracula (1971), and Evil of Dracula (1974) are all available streaming on Amazon Prime and are available on Blu ray in Arrow’s The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. And don’t forget to check out their podcasts on the first two of the trilogy:
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Lady Frankenstein (1971), an Italian film starring Joseph Cotten.
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