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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) Poster

Alternate Versions

The version entitled The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula runs 72m versus the 89m of the original Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires. Both versions are available on the DVD release. The short version eliminates whole dialogue sections (e.g. about 50% of Van Helsing's address to the University, about 50% of the footage at the soiree near the beginning, 50% of the Dracula/Ka dialogue, almost all of the romantic dialogue in the cave) and also re-edits the film in order to position various action sequences at the beginning of the film. The opening 10m of the short version features footage from the vampire's attack on the village, the old man killing the 7th golden vampire, and the vampires rising from their grave taken from the ending all pasted together in one, long incoherent sequence. Some bits (e.g. the vampires attacking the village and stripping a couple of girls) are shown 3 times, once with the image reversed. The scene in Dracula's castle, the pre-credits scene in the original, now occurrs about 15m into the film and has been edited down so that it is completely incoherent and out of context. The purpose of the short version is to highlight the exploitation elements and get rid of anything that isn't sex and violence - and the "good" sex and violence gets shown at least twice !!
The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove shots of a man spitting blood during a fight scene and a frog being cut up in a street market. The 1988 video release was cut by 12 secs by the BBFC to edit a throat being punctured in a fight scene, an ear clap and to remove a shot of one of the village girls being stripped during the village attack. The cuts were fully restored in the 2004 DVD release.

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