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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

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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.

Directors:

Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang (uncredited)

Writer:

Don Houghton (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Cushing ... Professor Lawrence Van Helsing
David Chiang ... Hsi Ching
Julie Ege ... Vanessa Buren
Han Chen Wang ... Leung Hon (as Wong Han Chan)
Robin Stewart Robin Stewart ... Leyland Van Helsing
Szu Shih ... Mei Kwei (as Shih Szu)
John Forbes-Robertson ... Dracula
Robert Hanna Robert Hanna ... British Consul
Shen Chan ... Kah (as Chan Shen)
Tsan-Hsi Ma Tsan-Hsi Ma ... Hsi Ta (as James Ma)
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)
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Storyline

Count Dracula journeys 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. At the same time, vampire hunter Prof. Van Helsing happens to be lecturing in the country and is persuaded by villagers to help them fight this curse of the ages. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Deadly Horrors! Dragon Thrills! The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular! See more »

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Action | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films,Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is a common mistake to see Peter Cushing's character in this film sometimes listed as Professor Lawrence Van Helsing, when he is actually playing a different member of the Van Helsing family. (In the film, and in the screenplay, Cushing's role is referred to simply as Professor Van Helsing.) All of Peter Cushing's scenes in this film take place in the year 1904, whereas Lawrence Van Helsing was killed in 1872 in a previous film in the franchise. See more »

Goofs

According to this movie Dracula has spent the decade between 1804 and 1904 in a remote Chinese village in an alternate form as vampire High Priest Kah, this contradicts events from the previous installments of the Hammer Dracula films. See more »

Quotes

Dracula: Who dares to disturb the sanctity of Count Dracula.
Dracula: Who are you.
Kah: My lord, my name is Kah. I am the High Priest of the 7 Golden Vampires in Ping Kwei in the province of Szechwan in China. When the vampires walk... My Temple was the centre of all power in the area, the populace bore allegiance to me. But now... My Lord. The vampires sleep, and the people go their own ways. The power is lost, i have travelled many moons. Seeking the Castle Dracula, i look to thee. For thy help. Ressurect the 7 ...
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Alternate Versions

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. See more »

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References Horror of Dracula (1958) See more »

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The Legend of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, or How Hammer headed East.
22 March 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

By the beginning of the 1970s, Hammer Studios, once a world leader in horror, found itself struggling to compete with the harder hitting, more explicit fare coming out of the US. In a last ditch effort to appeal to a wider audience, the ailing studio began to experiment with horror 'cross-overs', injecting their traditional Gothic fare with elements from whatever other genres were enjoying global success at the time.

In 1974, the studio released two such genre-bending 'mash-ups': The Satanic Rites of Dracula, an espionage/vampire film in which Dracula was reinvented as a Blofeld-style villain intent on destroying the world, and The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires, which saw Hammer join forces with Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers for some martial-arts monster fun.

For a Hammer film, Satanic Rites was an uncharacteristically drab affair, lacking visual flair and any sense of excitement; in fact, rather than turn the studio's fortune around, it probably helped to drive a few more nails firmly into its coffin. Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires, on the other hand, was a much more enjoyable effort: helmed by Roy Ward Baker, it delivered stylish colourful photography, great fight choreography by kung fu legend Liu Chia-Liang, sexy ladies from around the world (Norwegian babe Julie Ege and Taiwanese cutie Szu Shih), as well as blood, boobs, bats and bonkers action set-pieces. Despite the high fun-factor, however, AND another quality performance from Peter Cushing, it too failed to lure back the fans.

Count Dracula, it seemed, had finally met his match, not in Van Helsing, but in chainsaw wielding maniacs and possessed girls vomiting pea soup—a pity, because I would have loved to have seen more joint ventures from Hammer and Shaw Brothers, two of the greatest studios in the history of cinema.


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