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.


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Directors:

Roy Ward Baker , Cheh Chang

Writer:

Don Houghton (screenplay by)

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5 December 2004 | The_Void
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| Vampires, Orient style!
This lovely Hammer Horror blending of the traditional vampire tale with martial arts stars Peter Cushing as Professor Van Helsing. The plot follows Van Helsing, who is drawn into a plot involving a legendary seven golden vampires, the prince of darkness; Dracula himself, the undead and a load of martial artists. Our hero must, along with his son and an escort of kung fu fighters travel to a cursed village somewhere in China to rid it of the vampire curse that holds it. One of the reasons why Hammer horror is so brilliant is that it isn't afraid to make a film that most other film studios would regard as stupid and then make it work. The main reason why Hammer horror does work is that the films, despite showing many macabre images, are always good natured and made with a lot of heart so they're easy to like; and this one is no different.

The Eastern style makes for a very different vampire film to what we're used to, and Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires seems keen to capitalise on that as it changes many of the traditional vampire rules to suit the east (for example, the traditional cross to ward off vampires is replaced by the image of Budha). As usual with Hammer, the effects are hokey to say the least, the production values are low and everyone except Peter Cushing leaves a lot to be desired acting-wise...but without these traits, this film wouldn't be Hammer, so these things are not only forgivable, but welcome. Peter Cushing's performance in this movie isn't his best, but fans of his will still relish it. There's something about Cushing's persona that makes him very watchable, and every film with him in it is worth watching, if only for that reason. He also gets involved in some of the martial arts fights, which is nice to see. The fights themselves are very well staged, much better than I was expecting with this being a horror film with kung fu elements, rather than a full blown fight-fest.

This is the fifth film I've seen by Hammer director Roy Ward Baker and although it's not the best, it's still a very solid offering from the man who was probably Hammer's finest director. This film is a lot of fun, and I don't doubt that it will delight anyone who sees it, and therefore it comes with the highest recommendations from me.

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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.


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 ...


Goofs

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.


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 !!

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