The Vampire Doll
DIRECTOR: MICHIO YAMAMOTO
CAST: KAYO MATSUO, AKIRA NAKAO, ATSUO NAKAMURA
Only Yamamoto’s second film as a director—he had previously worked as assistant for Kihachi Okamoto and Akira Kurosawa—The Vampire Doll establishes the gothic trappings and over-the-top flourishes that would be his signature as a horror filmmaker, here put to use unfurling the tale of a businessman first crestfallen by news that his fiancée (Yukiko Kobayashi) has died in a car accident, then confounded to find her still seemingly alive. A hypnotic chiller with a corker of a finale, iconic for the image of Kobayashi’s golden-eyed, long-haired specter.