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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

R | | Action, Horror | June 1979 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-edited American)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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 »

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 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 !! 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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