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The Living Skeleton (1968)
"Kyûketsu dokuro-sen" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  1969 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Kikko Matsuoka ...
Saeko / Yoriko (plays two parts)
Yasunori Irikawa ...
Mochizuki - Saeko's Fiance
Masumi Okada ...
Father(Akashi) / Tanuma
Asao Uchida ...
Ejiri(Gamble Maniac)
Asao Koike ...
Tsuji (Estate Agent)
Norihiko Yamamoto ...
Ono (Diver)
Keijiro Kikyo ...
Police Man
Hitoshi Takagi
Kaori Taniguchi ...
Keiko Yanagawa ...
Sanae Suetsugu
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Suetsugu(Cabaret's Manager)
Kô Nishimura ...
Nishizato(Ship's doctor) (as Akira Nishimura)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazuo Mayumida
Michiko Takebe


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Strangely similar to John Carpenter's "The Fog".
23 September 2008 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

The title of "The Living Skeleton" is actually misleading,because there isn't living skeleton in the film.However the underwater sequence of meeting skeletons is truly unforgettable.The film opens with bang:there is a massacre on board of a ship which predates recent US hit "Ghost Ship".There are striking similarities between Hiroshi Matsuno's film and John Carpenter's famous horror hit "The Fog":a quiet coastal village surrounded by the fog,a local priest with a creepy secret and a ghostly ship with bleached skeletons on board,which haunts villagers on the land.There is also a bit of subtle necrophilia thrown in and a female ghost with long black hair."The Living Skeleton" written by Kyuzo Kobayashi of "Goke Bodysnatcher from Hell" fame surely is delirious experience.It's a crying shame that it's currently out of print.If you liked it be sure to check out obscure Austrian horror film "Dark Echo" from 1977,which may also inspired "The Fog".

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