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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires -- Count Dracula journies to a remote Chinese village in the guise of a warlord to support six vampires who are dispirited after the loss of a seventh member of their cult...
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Writer:
Don Houghton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Deadly Horrors! Dragon Thrills! The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular! See more »
Plot:
While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Peter Cushing ... Professor Van Helsing
David Chiang ... Hsi Ching
Julie Ege ... Vanessa Buren
Han Chen Wang ... Leung Hon (as Wong Han Chan)
Robin Stewart ... Leyland Van Helsing
Szu Shih ... Mei Kwei (as Shih Szu)
John Forbes-Robertson ... Dracula
Robert Hanna ... British Consul
Shen Chan ... Kah (as Chan Shen)
James Ma ... Hsi Ta
Chia Yung Liu ... Hsi Kwei (as Liu Chia Yung)
Hark-On Fung ... Hsi Sung (as Fong Kah Ann)
Tien Lung Chen ... Hsi San (as Chen Tien Loong)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuan Chen ... (uncredited)
David de Keyser ... Count Dracula (voice) (uncredited)
Chi Cheng Ho ... (uncredited)
Hsia Hsu ... (uncredited)
Ha Huang ... (uncredited)
Pei Chi Huang ... (uncredited)
Chun Fai Lau ... (uncredited)
Hoi Sang Lee ... (uncredited)
Hui-Ling Liu ... Hsi Hong (uncredited)
Wai Lo ... Liang's cohort (uncredited)
Te Hsiang Teng ... Doomed Rickshaw man (uncredited)
Chiang Wang ... (uncredited)
Pai-Chen Yang ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Ward Baker 
Cheh Chang (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Don Houghton (screenplay by)

Bram Stoker  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Don Houghton .... producer
Vee King Shaw .... producer
Run Run Shaw .... executive producer (uncredited)
Runme Shaw .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Roy Ford (director of photography)
John Wilcox (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
 
Art Direction by
Johnson Tsao  (as Johnson Tsau)
 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu (costumes) (as Liu Chi-Yu)
 
Makeup Department
Yen-Lien Peng .... hairdresser (as Peng Yen-Lien)
Hsu-Ching Wu .... make-up (as Wu Hsu Ching)
 
Production Management
Lam Chua .... production manager (as Chua Lam)
Shen Chung .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Feng Erh .... assistant director (as Erh Feng)
Godfrey Ho .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Wu Li .... props master
 
Sound Department
Frank Goulding .... sound editor (as Frank Golding)
Dan Grimmel .... sound maintenance
Les Hammond .... sound recordist
Tommy Staples .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Ford .... camera operator
Keith Jones .... focus puller
K.C. Jones .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Larry Richardson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Chris Carreras .... assistant to producer (as Christopher Carreras)
Michael Carreras .... presenter
Renée Glynne .... continuity (as Renee Glynne)
Chia-Liang Liu .... martial arts sequences staged by (as Liu Chia-Liang)
Cheng Peng .... floor manager
Run Run Shaw .... presenter
Chia Tang .... martial arts sequences staged by (as Tang Chia)
Jean Walter .... production secretary
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dracula and the Seven Golden Vampires" - Singapore (English title)
"The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula" - USA (poster title)
"The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula" - USA
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Runtime:
USA:83 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Australia:R18+ (VHS rating) | Finland:K-15 (2005) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:X (1974) | USA:R
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Trivia:
Although Christopher Lee was offered the role of Dracula, he declined after reading the script.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The film poster boasts the catch phrase, "Black Belt Vs. Black Magic." The martial arts ranks of colored belts are used in Karate which is Japanese. The Chinese characters practice Kung Fu.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as The Era of Vampires (2003)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Try It Again, This Time Widescreen, 30 October 2008
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

I usually try to avoid "defending" movies that I like. If people get it fine, if they don't, well them's the breaks. However I too profess to having been unsold on the charms of LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES for ages. But now after finally having seen a restored widescreen presentation courtesy of Anchor Bay I am convinced that one of the reasons why the effort left me cold the first few times through was due to the miserable, scrappy, fullscreen home video versions available previously which excluded as much as 12 minutes of footage.

I came of age during the home video years and heading out every week to the various rental shops in our area to see what Hammer or Hammer related flicks we could find became a regular past time. Certain movies were relatively easy to locate but we'd always heard about this legendary kung-fu/Dracula hybrid by Hammer that was made significant by Peter Cushing's final appearance as Professor Van Helsing, the world expert on the Undead. Rumor had it that the movie involved Van Helsing tracing the elusive Count Dracula to colonial era China where he'd set up shop and acquired a taste for the local food. Hijinx awaited in the form of supernatural kung-fu battles with a band of seven specialist martial arts masters, who were of course brothers, fighting off legions of vampiric barbarians. Somehow the combination sounded like trying to mix oil with water and when I finally managed to find the meager VHS release of the film my apprehension was proved well- founded by a muddled mix of Gothic horror chills with difficult to follow chop-socky interludes. The pan-and-scan compression of the widescreen shots was dizzying, the vampire interludes were anything but the dreamy "foggy castle on a hill" variety that Hammer had become specialists in, with lots of insert shots of Peter Cushing standing around looking concerned while Julie Ege's bosoms heaved, cruelly encased in her cleavage baring tops.

It turns out however that much of this muddling and cockamamie mish-mashing was due to the confinement of Roy Ward Baker (directing the talking scenes) and Cheh Chang's (directing the martial arts scenes) marvelous widescreen 2:35:1 Techniscope photography into a claustrophobic, nappy lookin' fullscreen image. Fading of color and reduction print distortions didn't help much, and my opinion now after seeing the widescreen print is that much of the disdain aimed at the film is in fact aimed at the miserable presentations that have been available until now.

Sure, it's still a bit cobbled together. Hammer's grip on the marketplace was tenuous at best by 1974, THE EXORCIST and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD had happened and they were still banking on Gothic shenanigans to sell movie tickets. One result was the creation of these genre crossing hybrids like LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES mixing martial arts mayhem with Gothic chills, and CAPTAIN KRONOS - VAMPIRE HUNTER which effectively blended the Spaghetti Western, swashbuckling high-adventure and the Gothic nightgowns blowing in the wind. The public didn't seem to care but the result were two very charming movies that had the gall to be different, even if horror fans had moved on. Hammer was hoping to extend their life by coming up with some new series and their collaboration with Shaw Brothers productions was perhaps both ahead of its times while a year or three too late to save the company. It was a glorious failure that deserves to be seen again now that present day technology can give viewers a better estimation of the movie's intended form. It is surprisingly entertaining and compulsively watchable.

What I would recommend is that anybody who may have heard of LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES should give it a try, and anyone who had dismissed it before as a crummy home video oddity to try it again now that the original full-length widescreen version is readily available. It's still somewhat confusing if you are looking for a discreet, beginning-middle- end story progression. But when taken as it's individual moments strung together into a greater whole some of it is actually quite compelling: Slow-motion legions of the Undead riding horseback whilst slaughtering the populace & making off with all the hot chicks (the Blind Dead, anyone?), torture chambers with topless girls strapped down to a bizarre rack designed to drain their blood, the re-insertion of some amusingly clever gore shots, James Bernard's at times utterly surreal & way under-appreciated musical score recalling some of his Dracula themes while experimenting with more Eastern inspired sounds, traditional non-wire guided kung fu fights with all the bravado and forced sentiment of a classic martial arts film, and rest assured, plenty of insert shots of Peter Cushing standing there looking concerned.

Just by turning his head slightly to the side and raising an eyebrow Peter Cushing is a treat, nobody can look concerned or impart a sense of dire urgency into an audience like Peter Cushing: It may be an odd movie but it does feature some of his best work at appearing concerned and some of the urgencies that he imparts within viewers are the most dire of his career. Yeah, he was getting old and tired and probably looked upon the movie as an expense paid trip to China to help him forget the sorrow of his wife's passing. But by golly he made the movie and if he means anything to you it simply must be seen because it is his last screen turn as one of his classic Gothic horror characters. Try it again, make sure it's a widescreen version, pop plenty of popcorn, perhaps an adult beverage or two, and put down the lights. Turns out it's not a bad movie after all.

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