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Writer:
Don Houghton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1979 (USA) See more »
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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 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)

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  (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 (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
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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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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
WILHELM SCREAM: During the big fight scene at the village (at 1hr 12mns) when Van Helsing shoves a zombie into the fire pit.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the battle with the bandits, the archer shoots one of them in the neck. The angles of entry and exit of the prop arrow are clearly different.See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Curious mixture of Hammer Gothic and kung fu thrills, 24 December 2004
Author: Libretio

THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Mono

Whilst lecturing in Chungking at the turn of the 20th century, Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is asked by a poor villager (David Chiang) to help defend his community from a plague of vampires controlled by Count Dracula (John Forbes-Robertson).

Filmed on location in Hong Kong under difficult shooting conditions, this Hammer/Shaw Brothers co-production attempts to meld the antiquated Gothic melodrama of Hammer's bygone glories with the new breed of kung fu thrillers emerging from a newly revitalized HK, spearheaded by the worldwide success of KING BOXER (1971) and ENTER THE DRAGON (1973). Roy Ward Baker (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS) took the reins from original director Gordon Hessler (THE OBLONG BOX) after only a few days, though his work was clearly hampered from the outset by co-producer Don Houghton's simplistic script, which describes events either in broad strokes or hasty scribbles, leaving most of the actors in disarray.

Cushing is urbane as ever, trading successfully on his established screen persona, but co-star Julie Ege (a former Bond girl) is merely decorative, while Chiang - an accomplished screen actor (also known as John Keung) whose work stretches all the way from STREET BOYS in 1960 to THE ADVENTURERS (1995) and beyond - is ultimately defeated by the English dialogue, which he's forced to deliver in a stilted, phonetic style. Robin Stewart (THE HAUNTED HOUSE OF HORROR) and Shih Szu are also featured as the juvenile leads, alongside hugely prolific actors Fung Hak-on (later a regular in Jackie Chan's movies) and Lau Kar-wing (an experienced performer and director in his own right). Elsewhere, Forbes-Robertson does a fair impersonation of Christopher Lee in Dracula-mode, though his first on-screen appearance is almost ruined by a comical makeup design. Les Bowie's special effects are also quite feeble, even for 1974. However, the studio sets are appropriately vivid, and the widescreen photography (by John Wilcox and Roy Ford) makes a virtue of Johnson Chow's atmospheric art direction - note the haunting prologue in Dracula's castle, where ghostly shadows billow softly on a multicolored wall just before the Count begins to stir from his coffin - and the fight scenes (arranged by veteran choreographers Liu Chia-liang and Tang Chia) are lively and energetic.

The film was subjected to major re-edits for its original US release, where it went out under the title "The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula". This shabby hatchet job rearranges most of the key sequences in a miserable attempt to reduce exposition and characterization to the barest minimum, thereby transforming a fair-to-middling potboiler into an 'audience-friendly' mish-mash of violent horror and kung fu skirmishes. Not only does it cheapen the production and blacken the name of all involved with it, this variant edition treats American viewers as dim-witted simpletons, emphasizing cheap thrills over plot development for the sake of a quick buck. The film was screened in HK - completely intact - under the HK-English title "Dracula and the 7 Golden Vampires".

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