In this atmospheric tale of revenge from beyond the watery grave, a pirate-ransacked freighter’s violent past comes back to haunt a young woman living in a seaside town. Mixing elements of kaidan (ghost stories), doppelgänger thrillers, and mad- scientist movies, Hiroshi Matsuno’s The Living Skeleton is a wild and eerie work, with beautiful widescreen, black-and-white cinematography. —The Criterion Collection
Holy crap what a great movie. The comparison (in tone, atmosphere) to Lewton's films is right on, especially as it shares the same deep streak of perversion (stripping Saeko's body so it can be stored for a scene in that Black Knight's suit of armor?!?!) and the same class of masterful b&w photography. Manages to be genuinely eerie as it shuffles from one horror sub-genre to the next, deploying each with equal skill.