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Big Monster War (1968)

Yôkai daisensô (original title)
| Horror | 1968 (USA)
When a Babylonian vampire comes to old Japan, an army of Japanese demons and ghosts gather and battle him.

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Credited cast:
Yoshihiko Aoyama ...
Shinhachiro Mayama
Hideki Hanamura ...
Nebula Monster
Chikara Hashimoto ...
Daimon
Hiromi Inoue ...
Shinobu
Mari Kanda ...
Osaki
Takashi Kanda ...
Hyogo Isobe
Akane Kawasaki ...
Chie
Gen Kimura ...
Saheiji Kawano
Hajime Kimura
Gen Kuroki ...
River Monster
Ikuko Môri ...
Long-Necked Monster
Hinode Nishikawa ...
Lower Officer
Tokio Oki ...
Yasuzo
Tomoo Uchida ...
Dainichibo
Hanji Wakai ...
Gate Guard
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When a Babylonian vampire comes to old Japan, an army of Japanese demons and ghosts gather and battle him.

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H.R. Pufnstuf meets Hammer's Dracula!
23 June 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A Japanese horror movie that mixes bloody neck biting and comedy-relief ghosts represented by acrobats and little people - reminiscent of the inhabitants of the sixties TV series H.R. PUFNSTUF. I believe this is a sequel to HUNDRED GHOST STORIES as it features many of the same ghosts (e.g. the snake-necked woman and the umbrella ghost). A marvellous vulture-like vampire arrives in ancient Japan and hides in the body of an important land-owner and starts to put the bite on his subjects. The local ghosts are the only ones who know what is truly going on and try to oust the demon. Their efforts lead to a spectacular climax as the demon grows to giant proportions... While the ghosts costumes are unconvincing, one gets used to them, especially when you know they are based on old Japanese legends. The scenes featuring the bad-guy are both fierce and atmospheric - the lighting effects are quite remarkable - and the blood-letting is far too explicit to be aimed at a juvenile audience. But it's well made, fast-moving and a fascinating trip into the mythologies of a different culture than the usual western ghosts and vampires.


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