Graham’s review published on Letterboxd:
A campy crossbreed of a film, with elements of the Giallo classics, I Spit on Your Grave and Hammer House of Horror, The Vampire Doll revels in its own unabashed fabulousness. Complete with haunted house, Hitchcockian birds and a terrifically entertaining soundtrack, the film flies by in no time at all.
There's a line in the blurb for The Vampire Doll that I reckon sums it up beautifully:
"For the sake of proper plot development, she doesn't believe Yuko's mother and fakes the car breaking down so that they can investigate what really happened."
The film knows that it's as daft as a brush, but is not afraid to own it, and go about delivering its crimson payload while the viewer is wondering what on earth is happening. Cooky, fun and typically Japanese, this was a very fitting way to end this year's Japanuary.
Japanuary - 34. J-Horror