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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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Taglines:

You haven't seen Kung fu until you've seen the 7 BROTHERS and 1 SISTER take DRACULA See more »

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Action | Horror

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Forbes-Robertson was furious when he discovered that he had been dubbed by David de Keyser. See more »

Goofs

In the first battle scene as the Seven Brothers are rushing forward to meet their foes, one of them stumbles over a sword that is lying on the ground, apparently from a previous take. 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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Ludicrous but strangely entertaining.
5 February 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires marries two disparate genres - the period horror film and the martial arts film - with surprisingly entertaining results. It features a lovely performance from Peter Cushing, as Professor Van Helsing, who is travelling around China trying to convince its people of the worldwide threat of vamprism in 1904. Not many of the Chinese academics believe him, but one young man does.... he comes from a village in the Chinese interior cursed by seven deadly vampire warriors. He hires Professor Van Helsing to travel with him to this desolate place to rid it of its vampire curse. Guess who the main vampire is behind the horrid happenings in the village? Well, it wouldn't be a Peter Cushing/Hammer horror film without everyone's favourite Count Dracula, would it?

The film is badly acted by everyone except Cushing. Julie Ege plays a Norweigan noble woman and looks beautiful, but her performance sucks. The Chinese and Hong Kong actors look distinctly uncomfortable in the talky scenes, chatting away about Transylvanian vampire lore but struggling to get their tongue around much of the dialogue. However, when the martial arts action kicks in, they are good value for money. It's a shame Christopher Lee wasn't available to play Dracula in this one.... I'm not sure who the guy is playing the evil count, but his performance is an embarrassment.

The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires is unusual enough and fast-paced enough to be entertaining. However, it's not a classic, so don't expect it to be.


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