R | | Action, Horror
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.
This is the only Hammer "Dracula" film to feature an actor other than Christopher Lee playing Dracula. However, Lee was also absent for The Brides of Dracula (1960), which did not feature the character.
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 ...
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.
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 !!