Mediative and quiet spin on a latchkey kid in a wintery Aomori, Japan. Well-made independent film that shows how the isolation and coldness is also experienced for the Japanese living there. Eerily relatable.
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.