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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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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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The First Kung Fu Horror Spectacular! See more »

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Action | Horror

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Trivia

The film takes place in Transylvania in 1804 and China in 1904. See more »

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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

British Consul: She's on a world tour. Actually traveling alone. Can't say I approve. Well, I mean, dash it all: they'll want the vote next.
Leyland Van Helsing: She has mine sir.
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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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Good Kung Fu/terror movie in which Van Helsing travels to a remote Chinese village that becomes doomed every year
12 June 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Vintage Kung Fu/Dracula flick with very well staged scenes , colorful ambient and stunningly directed . Hammer Film's last Dracula yarn was a co-production with Hong Kong's Run Run Shaw Brothers known mainly for their Chop-Socky pictures . Transylvania 1804 : Kah (Shen Chan), High Priest of a temple in Pang Kwei in the Szechuan province of China, has obviously traveled a long way on foot to look for the Prince of Darkness . Kah's temple has fallen out and he asks for Dracula's help (John Forbes-Robertson was furious when he discovered that he had been dubbed by another actor . Chung King 1904 , while lecturing in the Far East, Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) tells his students of a doomed village in China that becomes cursed every year at the time of the 7th moon . Van Helsing is persuaded by Hsi Ching (David Chiang) and his brothers , all of them Kung Fu experts , to rid the village of the 7 vampires that torment its citizens . Then , Van Helsing , his son (Robin Stewart) , a gorgeous wealthy woman (Julie Ege) and the Chinese brothers set out in pursuit Dracula and the seven golden vampires . As the motley group fighting a vampire cult located on a cursed village in China .

This classic flick was well produced by the famous British production company along with Run Shaw Brothers , as Hammer Films meets Chop-Socky Hong Kong . It displays creepy scenes , lots of violence , nudity , action filled , zooms , thrills and fierce combats . It is an exciting as well as original attempt to revive the Dracula long series , mainly played by Peter Cushing and Christophel Lee . This luxurious Kung Fu/horror film was wonderfully filmed with good production design , glimmer cinematography by John Wilcox , impressive combats and breathtaking scenes . This is a colourful , Hong-Kong set , mostly filmed in outdoors and quite budget movie ; leave no cliché untouched , though the fighting are magnificently staged . The picture is full of tumultuous sequences with terror scenes , frenetic action , surprises , climatic combats and groundbreaking struggles . Overwhelming and rousing fights with deadly use of fists , feet and palms , along with such weapons as swords, sticks , and lances . Highlights of the film are the notorious struggle between Kung Fu brothers and the seven golden vampires and and of course , the breathtaking final confrontation between Dracula and Van Helsing . Some critics have panned this film explaining that unless you are Kung Fu aficionado this outing will seem all too silly . This is 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. Although Christopher Lee was offered the role of Dracula, he declined after reading the script and he is is sorely lost . This is the first Dracula film from Hammer Film Productions to feature an actor other than Christopher Lee playing Dracula, although Lee was also absent for ¨The brides of Dracula , which did not feature the character . ¨The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires" also titled "Dracula and the Seven Golden Vampires" or "The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula" is a fine horror movie but isn't as good as the precedent films . It's the sixth part of Dracula series , the first is ¨Horror of Dracula¨ , the second is ¨Dracula , prince of darkness¨, the third ¨Brides of Dracula¨ and is followed by ¨Taste the blood of Dracula¨ and ¨Dracula has risen from the grave¨, continuing with two low budgeted , TV sequels directed by Alan Gibson : ¨The satanic rites of Dracula¨ and ¨Dracula A.D. 72¨ , most of them starred by the great Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing .

The cinematography by John Wilcox and Roy Ford is excellent and brilliant . James Bernard musical score is rousing as well as eerie and spooky . This Hammer film was rightly directed by Roy Ward Baker . Roy was a good professional , his first opportunity to direct a film, The October Man (1947). He then went to Hollywood in 1952 and stayed for seven years, returning to Britain in 1958, when he directed one of his best films, A night to remember (1958). During the 1960s and 1970s, Baker directed a number of horror films for Hammer and Amicus. He also directed in British television, especially during the latter part of his career.


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Country:

UK | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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| (re-edited American)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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