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Writer:
Don Houghton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Deadly Horrors! Dragon Thrills! The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular! See more »
Plot:
Count Dracula journeys to a remote Chinese village in the guise of a warlord to support six vampires... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Peter Cushing ... Professor Laurence Van Helsing
David Chiang ... Hsi Ching / Hsi Tien-an
Julie Ege ... Mrs. Vanessa Buren
Robin Stewart ... Leyland Van Helsing
Szu Shih ... Mei Kwei (as Shih Szu)
John Forbes-Robertson ... Count Dracula
Robert Hanna ... British Consul
Shen Chan ... Kah / Dracula (as Chan Shen)
James Ma ... Hsi Ta
Hui-Ling Liu ... Hsi Hong (as Liu Hiu Ling)
Chia Yung Liu ... Hsi Kwei (as Liu Chia Yung)
Han Chen Wang ... Leung Hon (as Wong Han Chan)
Tien Lung Chen ... Hsi San (as Chen Tien Loong)
Hark-On Fung ... Hsi Sung (as Fong Kah Ann)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pai-chen Yang
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)
Wai Lo ... Liang's cohort (uncredited)
Te Hsiang Teng ... Doomed Rickshaw man (uncredited)
Chiang Wang ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy Ward Baker 
Cheh Chang (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Houghton  screenplay
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 
John Wilcox 
 
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
 
Art Direction by
Johnson Tsao  (as Johnson Tsau)
 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu  (as Liu Chi-Yu)
 
Makeup Department
Yen-Lien Peng .... hair stylist (as Peng Yen-Lien)
Hsu-Ching Wu .... makeup artist (as Wu Hsu Ching)
 
Production Management
Lam Chua .... production manager
Shen Chung .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Feng Erh .... assistant director
Godfrey Ho .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Li Wu .... props master
 
Sound Department
Frank Goulding .... sound editor (as Frank Golding)
Dan Grimmel .... sound maintenance
Leslie Hammond .... sound recordist (as Les Hammond)
Tommy Staples .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Ford .... camera operator
Keith Jones .... focus puller
 
Editorial Department
Larry Richardson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... music 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 (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Australia:R (VHS rating) | Finland:K-15 (2005) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | USA:R
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Trivia:
The first of two Hammer productions shot back-to-back in Hong Kong, and the fifth and last time Peter Cushing would play Van Helsing.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 »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Hammer's enthusiastic Eastern experiment., 15 June 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

In 19th century China Count Dracula takes the form of a Chinese tyrant who has control of a cult that contains six sword -wielding vampires and hordes of zombies. The legend is said that they mount a bloody reign of terror on a cursed remote village by taking young woman from the village to feed on them. Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) leads an expedition with some martial art experts, his son and a wealthy widow to the village to prove the legend is true and to rid the undead from this earth.

Hammer production gives us something a bit different in this film by making a far journey to the east: Honk Kong. Hammer horror meets Kung Fu for this outing, with a lot of exorbitance and flair to show. It might be a bizarre mix and ridiculously over-the-top hokum, but you can't deny the shocks and fun factor it achieves. It's rather silly stuff and that makes it enjoyable viewing. What's a Hammer film without Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, but Christopher Lee didn't return to play Dracula and John Forbes-Robertson took his place. He just lacked the charisma and gave a rather odd, if dour performance. Cushing on the other hand gave a solid performance and some value-added class to the film. Julie Ege is fine as the elegant Vanessa Buren the wealthy lady who funded the expedition. This film gives us what we expect, a lot of horror, flesh and blood.

The premise is a rather engrossing adventure even though it has a very formulaic narrative. The plot might be flawed, make not much sense and come across as disjointed. But it totally makes up for it with some unpredictable sequences of suspense and an intriguing mythology involving vampires of the East. Showing how their customs are far different to those of the traditional vampires. The colourfully taut action sequences are well set up and are terrifically paced. When these rather hectic martial art battles start they really do go on, but still don't overshadow the horror element of the film. The battles involving the golden vampires are dazzling and the zombies coming out of the ground was well established and a sight to see. The final set-up for the grand battle scene reminded me very much of "The Seven Samurai" and "The Magnificent Seven", especially in protecting them from an onslaught. The difference is that they weren't asked or paid to protect them. One thing it lacked was a seductive female vampire (there was one for 10 seconds or so). The plot's thin love story felt out of place in the overall context and so did Helsing's son Leyland who came across as nothing more then a annoying bystander. So was Dracula, as he didn't do that much and only had a small amount of screen time. The climax between Dracula and Helsing isn't much of a tussle. It was that brisk it felt like they wanted to get the film over pretty quickly.

The film was very atmospheric, especially at night with the howling wind, blankets of mist and menacing shadows. On the journey to the village the scenery provided by the countryside is fairly graceful. Ranging from the grassland, rocky terrain and the woodlands. The heart pounding score goes in hand to hand with the scenes. The production valves weren't great, but not bad. The set designs of Dracula's domain and the village are somewhat vivid. The effects were rather shoddy (rubber bats on strings) and props looked ludicrous (the weapons). The make-up and costumes on the vampires and zombies were rather fair. You get some close ups of rotting vampire's faces after dying. This is when you get some oozing, bubbling and steaming skin decay. Also there are cheesy sound effects and a glorious amount of blood splattering.

Rather entertaining, if unconventional horror by Hammer productions.

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