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The Vampire Doll (1970)

Yûrei yashiki no kyôfu: Chi wo sû ningyô (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 6 August 1971 (USA)
Keiko and her friend are trying to find her missing brother after he disappeared visiting his girlfriend Yuko.


Michio Yamamoto
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Credited cast:
Kayo Matsuo ... Keiko Sagawa
Akira Nakao ... Hiroshi Takagi - Keiko's Fiance
Atsuo Nakamura Atsuo Nakamura ... Kazuhiko Sagawa - Keiko's Brother
Yukiko Kobayashi ... Yûko Nonomura - Kazuhiko's Fiance
Yôko Minakaze ... Shidu Nonomura / The Mother of Yûko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tadao Futami Tadao Futami ... Farmer
Jun Hamamura ... Public Officer
Shigeo Katô Shigeo Katô ... Man from Ogawara Town Hall
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Taxi Driver
Ginzô Sekiguchi Ginzô Sekiguchi ... Staff at Gus Station
Itaru Takashima Itaru Takashima
Kaku Takashina Kaku Takashina ... Nonomura's Employee Genzô
Jun Usami ... Dr. Yamaguchi


Kazuhiko Sagawa returns from the USA to Tokyo and immediately travels to the countryside in a stormy night to see his fiancee Yûko Nonomura in an isolated house in the woods. Her mother Shidu Nonomura tells that Yûko died in a car accident two weeks ago. Kazuhiko spends the night in the house and during the night he overhears and sees Yûko in the nearby cemetery. A couple of days later, his sister Keiko Sagawa convinces her fiance Hiroshi Takagi to seek her brother out at Yûko's house where they disclose the mystery of the Nonomura's family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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For inspiration, director Yamamoto drew upon the horror manga of Kazuo Umezu as well as the Edgar Allan Poe story "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Yamamoto also cited Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell as inspiration. See more »


Featured in House: The State of Japanese Cinema in the 1970s (2018) See more »

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An amazing mix of Hammer visuals with traditional Japanese folklore.
27 April 2019 | by marksimmons23See all my reviews

The first film in Yamamoto Michio's "The Bloodthirsty Trilogy" is usually viewed by fans of macabre cinema as the weakest of the three. Personally I find it stunning. Fully titled "The Fear of the Ghost House : The Vampire Doll" ("Yûrei yashiki no kyôfu: Chi wo sû ningyô") , Michio wasn't expected to turn in anything special for Toho (makers of the Godzilla films). just a simple pot-boiler rip-off of a typical European Horror.

Writers Hiroshi Nagano and Ei Ogawa however delivered a script which relied heavily on traditional Japanese ghost stories, which Michio then shot on Gothic style sets (the house, for example, is straight out of a Hammer, with oil portraits and suits of armour) with nods to western vampire tropes. The mix they created is intoxicating: full of atmosphere, genuinely creepy, and, in places, with unexpected scares of the quality of the earlier "Les Diabolics" or the later original "Ringu" ("Ring"). Highly recommended for anyone who likes classic horror, 1960s Hammer, or Asian Horror.

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6 August 1971 (USA) See more »

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Fear of the Ghost House: Bloodsucking Doll See more »

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