Something I’ve discovered in viewing all these Obayashi films this year: even a not-so-great Obayashi movie has qualities making it worth the watch. This movie is another example of that. As a Black Jack adaptation, he is barely in the movie. Sure, Jo Shishido has a few moments but even he seems a bit confounded by the role (admittedly it’s a better character on the page or in anime). But this isn’t really a Black Jack movie; it’s a crime…
I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.