Title King Of The Monsters Disc 8
CD Label King Records
CD Number KICA 2208
Number of tracks 15
Running time 71:41
Year of release/manufacture 1994

REVIEW

Disc 8 has movies that are totally unknown to me. The whole feel of this CD is that of Vampire film music with parts reminding me of the Hammer Dracula pictures.

Some additional movie info courtesy of Jolyon Yates - 09/05/2002

Track 1 - THE STROLLING HEARSE (SANPOSURU REIKYUSHA)
1964, dir Hajime Sato, Aka "THE HEARSE TAKES A RIDE / THE GLAMOROUS GHOST"
A husband kills his wife then drives her around to her lovers to blackmail them.

Track 2 - GHOST STORY OF THE HUNCHBACK (KAIDAN SEMUSHI OTOKO)
1965, dir Hajime Sato (Toei), Aka "HOUSE OF TERRORS".
Italian style gothic horror, with a love-stricken, murderous hunchback in a haunted house.

Track 3 - GHOST STORY OF THE ONE-EYED MAN (KAIDAN KATAME NO OTOKO)
1965, dir Tsuneo Kobayashi (Toei)
People who gather to share the loot from the man they murdered get a nasty surprise, one by one.

Track 4 - BLOODSUCKING SKELETON SHIP (KYUKETSU DOKUROSEN)
1968, dir Hiroshi Matsuno, Aka "LIVING SKELETON".
Pirates are lured back to the ship they slaughtered the crew of. Great use of foggy nights at sea; not as gory as some reviews suggest.

Track 5 - GHOST MANSION OF HORROR: BLOODSUCKING DOLL (YUREI YASHIKI NO KYOFU: CHI O SU NINGYO)
Jul 4 1970, 78m, dir Michio Yamamoto (Toho)
First of Yamamoto's vampire threesome. A woman is brought back from death as a vampire. Possibly Track 6 is from this film.

Track 7 - CURSED HOUSE: BLOODSUCKING EYES (NOROI NO YAKATA: CHI O SU ME)
Jun 16 1971, 82m, dir Michio Yamamoto (Toho), Aka "LAKE OF DRACULA".
Some of the Dracul family have fled to Japan.

Track 8 - BLOODSUCKING ROSE (CHI O SU BARA)
Jul 20 1974, 83m, dir Michio Yamamoto (Toho), Aka "EVIL OF DRACULA".
Vampire descendants of a man who renounced God prey use their school for girls as a blood bank.

Track 9 - HOUSE (IE)
Jul 30 1977, dir Nobuhiko Obayashi
A witch's house consumes virgins. Weird imagery spoiled by bad effects, but better than Obayashi's "DRIFTING CLASSROOM" (1981). Track 10 might be from this film.

Track 11 - INUGAMI NO TATARI.
Possibly another title of the hugely successful Kon Ichikawa film "THE INUGAMI FAMILY" (INUGAMI-KE NO ICHIZOKU, 1976), which is one of many movies about Detective Kosuke Kindaichi. Track 12 might be from this film.

Track 13 - BLACK LIZARD (KUROTOKAGE)
1968, 93m, dir Kinji Fukasaku
Yukio Mishima's adaptation of an Edogawa Ranpo story, in which a detective falls for a criminal mastermind with a gallery of taxidermised victims (one of whom is Mishima).

Track 14 - THE COMPLETE EDOGAWA RANPO: HORROR OF A MALFORMED MAN (EDOGAWA RANPO ZENSHU: KYOFU KIKEI NINGEN)
1969, dir Teruo Ishii (Toei)
A doctor renders those around him uglier than himself.

Track 15 - EDOGAWA RANPO'S BEAST OF LUST (EDOGAWA RANPO NO INJU)
1977, dir Tai Kato, 118m
Features Tomisaburo Wakayama

King Of The Monsters Disc 8

English Title: Modern Horror / Works by Edogawa Ranpo
Japanese Title: Modan Hora / Edogawa Ranpo Sakuhin

Title/(studio/date)/composer credits

  1. Sanpo Suru Reikyusha (Literally, 'The Strolling Hearse') (Toei 10/3/64) Riichiro Manabe
  2. House of Terrors, aka 'Ghost Story of the Hunchback' ('Kaidan Semushi-Otoko') (Toei 8/165) Shunsuke Kikuchi
  3. Ghost of the One-Eyed Man ('Kaidan Katame no Otoko') (Toei 9/4/65) Chuji Kinoshita
  4. The Living Skeleton ('Kyuketsu Dokuro-Sen') (Shochiku 11/9/68) Noboru Nishiyama
  5. Vampire Doll [aka 'GHOST MANSION OF HORROR: BLOODSUCKING DOLL']('Yureiyashiki no Kyofu: Chi wo Suu Ningyo') (Toho 7/4/70) Riichiro Manabe
  6. Terror in the Streets ('Akuma ga Yonde Iru') (Toho 7/4/70) Riichiro Manabe
  7. Lake of Dracula ('Noroi no Yakata: Chi wo Suu Me') (Toho 6/16/71) Riichiro Manabe
  8. Evil of Dracula ('Chi wo Suu Bara') (Toho 7/20/74) Riichiro Manabe
  9. House ('Hausu') (Toho 7/30/77) Asei Kobayashi & Micky Yoshino
  10. Yoba (Literal translation: 'The Hag') (Daiei 10/16/76) Riichiro Manabe
  11. Inugami no Tatari (Literal translation: 'The Curse of the Dog God') (Toei 6/18/77) Kikuchi Shunsuke
  12. Ai no Kagero (Literal translation: 'The Heat Haze of Love') (Shochiku 3/1/86) Composer -???
  13. Black Lizard ('Kurotokage') (Shochiku 8/1768) Isao Tomita
  14. The Complete Edogawa Ranpo: Horror of a Deformed Man ('Edogawa Ranpo Zenshu: Kyofu Kikei Ningen') (Toei 10/3169) Hajime Kaburagi
  15. Edogawa Ranpo's Beast of Lust ('Edogawa Ranpo no Inju') (Shochiku 6/18/77) Hajime Kaburagi