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« on: February 11, 2000, 08:00:44 AM »

This movie is great. I just saw the review and remembered I had seen it last year sometime on TV. I thought it was going to be a crappy film when I watched the first 5 minutes but it was very cool, all the kung-fu fighting, thought the vamps were a bit on the pathetic looking side. Although everyone dies at the end it's a pretty good watch

Paul Westbrook
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2000, 12:13:55 PM »

This film is a classic of the first order. A mixture of two popular genres: HORROR, and KUNG FU. Peter Cushing is the definitive Professor Van Helsing. I feel, however that without the dominant prescence of Christopher Lee in the film, it does not meet the full expectations of moviephiles. Still, this is a great film. I feel priviledged to have a video with both versions. AKA; THE SEVEN BROTHERS MEET DRACULA.
jason hyde
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2000, 03:40:11 PM »

easily the greatest kung-fu dracula movie made by hammer films and starring peter cushing ever. sure, it's got its flaws. The makeup's a little sloppy, the pacing occasionally lags between action scenes, some of the supporting performances are weak, it plays pretty fast and loose with vampire lore and causes even more damage to hammer's dracula timeline than dracula a.d. 1972, etc. but on the plus side, it's a kung-fu hammer dracula movie with peter cushing, and in the end, isn't that what really matters?
cushing is in fine form, too, still spry and extremely physical for a man in his sixties. john forbes robertson stands in for dracula, and little more. he's not threat to christopher lee. although it is ironic that he has more dialogue in his two brief scenes than lee had in dracula prince of darkness, dracula has risen from the grave, and taste the blood of dracula combined! robertson also wears too much rouge. this is the sort of movie that justifies human existence.
Sir Sword
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2000, 02:36:49 AM »

I remember seeing this film back in 1991 on USA's Up All Night. That's when Gilbert Godfried and Rhonda Sherwood would host the show(s). Gilbert would host Saturdays, and that's when the good movies were on. He would show various kung-fu flicks, monster movies, and great B-movies, especially Troma flicks. Anyway, I was 8 or 9, and had just seen the Metallica video for "Enter Sandman", and I couldn't get to sleep, so I decided to watch the USA network. Up All Night was on, and Gilbert was doing the introduction to one of my favorite B-movies, Inframan, so I watched it. After the movie was over, they played another movie, they Invincible Iron Man, involving ghosts, I guy wearing a bowler who could throw a LOT of bombs from his shirt, and a guy with a gold pipe as his favorite weapon. I watched it, of course. When that movie was over, they started playing Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. I watched it, and went to bed. I had some weird dreams, but I had fun watching those movies.
Chris K.
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2000, 11:56:23 AM »

A Peter Cushing classic. I was a bit disappointed that Christopher Lee wasn't in this since Cushing and Lee acted in prety much all of the Hammer horror films. But John Forbes Robertson plays an effective, if somewhat overacting style, version of Count Dracula. THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES is an exelent mixture of horror and kung-fu action and displays the simple signs of an original idea (that, and the fact that this was a co-production of Hammer Films and the Shaw Brothers od Hong Kong). Of course it's American release was shorthanded. After the film was compleated in 1974, Warner Brothers originaly was assigned to release the film but backed out. After sitting on the shelf of several years, it finaly got a release in 1980 from Dynamite Entertainment. However, the U.S. distributor cut the films original running time from 89 minutes to 75 minutes and was retitled as THE SEVEN BROTHERS MEET DRACULA. Dynamite would also do the same thing to THE SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA(1973) by releasing it in 1980 as COUNT DRACULA AND HIS VAMPIRE BRIDE after Warner Brothers backed out on that film. But film buffs prayers have been answered. Anchor Bay Entertainment has issued both THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES and THE SEVEN BROTHERS MEET DRACULA together on video in their original 2.35:1 aspect widescreen ratio complete with the American theatrical trailer. As I will conclude, THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES is an effective film with plenty of action, blood, kung-fu fights, and enough horror to give you nightmares no matter how old you really are. The topless nude sequences are very unoffical (remember people, this was made in the 1970's and nudity was always in demand at the time weather you expected it from a bad film company or a good film company), but it does not ruin the films good expextations. This is really worth your time and money, but remember folks this is not a cheesy movie.  
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2000, 03:30:28 PM »

Anybody who wouldn't like this movie can only be deemed a complete a**hole. Sure, the horror scenes could have been done better ( especially the bat sequences) and the Seven Golden Vampires themselves look like bad imitations of the Mexican vampire horror flicks, but the idea of mixing horror and King Fu makes this flick a grade A entertainment!  Whatever you do, don't get the pan and scan American version of the film (unless it's the Anchor bay video version, which has both the original British version and the raped Amercian version, both widescreen.) Peter Cushing's appearance more than makes up for Christopher Lee not portraying Dracula,and David Chiang's appearance is a nice touch for us Shaw Brothers fans. Originally Shaw Borthers wanted their own director to direct the martial art sequences, but director Roy Ward Baker did not want to be slighted and directed them himself, and considering the final product, it's not a bad job, but it would have been alot better if Shaw got their wish. Anyway, 4 star entertainment, check it out.
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2003, 11:22:33 PM »

This was the last film made by Hammer Studios.
Art strubelt II
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2000, 12:27:11 PM »

Hi I really like your website its cool.I have never seen the legend of the seven golden vampires but I have always wanted to.I recently placed an order for the video and I am sure that when I recive it I will enjoy it very much.
art strubelt III
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

Hi' I recently recived my copy of the legend of the seven golden vampires.And I saw the film and it was truly amazing it really is a fun movie to watch the acting was great and the effects are terrific as well as the make up I also saw the bats on the strings which are cool. Then after the film finished the other film started the 7 brothers meet dracula boy they really butchered that movie .But It was still enjoyable as is the theatrical trailer I recomend this movie to everyone.Also john forbes robertson as dracula was fantastic.
Macabre Matt
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

What is a Hammer film doing in here? All the film's made by Hammer Studio's are brilliant!
Michael Donahue
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM »

I have it on apocryphal authority that the initial time display was to have read "1894" rather than "1804"; this would make much more sense and is somewhat supported by the dialogue, but it's not authoritative.

All three Hammer actor/actresses do a great job of dramatic enunciation, but it's kind of fun to watch them standing around in modest embarrassment while the 8 siblings (not all of whom even get lines)run amok among any villains they encounter.

Yes, Lee would have been preferred, as he and Cushing have always brought out the best in each other.

And although Hammer fans are used to a "definitive" *English* Van Helsing, did anyone read the freaking book? He's quite Dutch, and his scholarly but non-native English is used as mood-easing comic relief on at least one occasion.
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

I saw the movie  and i thing the story is good , the fx may not be the best but good enought for a cheap 1970 film. Is really fun and will have you very concentrate. Much better than other high cost holliwood films that i don't want to mention at this time.
Count Karnstein
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

This is a fun movie, also a bit more intelligent than people think. The Chinese are portrayed as Scientific and not too superstitious, unlike some of the films involving Chinese people made during the Fifties and Sixties.

Christopher Lee sadly doesn't play Dracula in this film, which is a shame but John Forbes-Robertson plays the Count quite well and at least in character with Christopher Lee's Count, though he seems far too talkitive during the opening sequence. John Forbes-Robertson, a popular Stage actor, also played Count Karnstein ('The Man in Black') in 'The Vampire Lovers'.

Peter Cushing once again plays Van Helsing in the proper Dracula series...ok it is more of a spin-off but atleast it doesn't contradict the original Dracula films like the 'modernized' series does (One of the reason that makes that series seperate in the continuity). Peter Cushing gives his usual strong performance and it is said that they didn't make the planned Van Helsing in India film.

I have no complaints about the rest of the cast. When I first watched this film I found Vanessa Van Buren slightly annoying but everytime I watch it now I cannot see why!

The Count
Bige E
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

It wasn't the last hammer film!  They made two more.  'To the Devil a Daughter' in 1976 and a remake of 'The Lady Vanishes' in 1978.
Joseph Ulibas
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM »

The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires was the first of two collaborations between two of the greatest movie studios Hammer and Shaw Brothers.  The studios shared a lot of things in common (colorful indoor sets and a staff of brilliant actors and directors).  Sadly Hammer Films was nearing the end of it's rope.  Most of their talented staff left for Amicus and only a few loyal performers remained.  In a last gasp, the Hammer Producers met with the Shaw Brothers.  The Shaw Brothers wanted to make more international movies and Hammer wanted to stay in business.  Shaw Brothers had some sucess when they co-produced an Italian Western (Stranger and the Gunfighter) Lo Lieh and Lee Van Clief kicking butt and taking names in Spain.

Sir Run-Run Shaw had two stars he wanted to amrket.  Ti Lung and David Chiang.  They both learned english for their roles and they also wanted to become international stars. David Chiang was chosen to star in Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires.  Micheal Carracas (head of Hammer) tried to get Christopher Lee to play Count Dracula one more time but he refused.  But they managed to get Peter Cushing.

The movie is about a monk who travels to Transylvania to meet Dracula.  Dracula transfer his spirit into the monks body and heads off to find the 7 vampires.  Van Helsing is in China lecturing about vampires but many of the students mock him except one David Chiang.  He agrees to help him find the 7 vampires.  A little of bi-racial intrigue is tossed in when a rich heiress has the hots for David (cool for David!).  What follows next is a real treat!

You have a mix of horror and bone breaking kung-fu.  The great Chang Cheh (Shaw Brothers head director) co-directed and Lau Kar Fei filmed the action scenes.  This movie was some what a sucess because they went ahead with Shatter (this time with Ti Lung and action directing by Lau Kar Fei).  This did not make as much money and Hammer soon faded away.

Highly recommended!
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