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Rated R
Copyright 1974 Hammer Films and Shaw Brothers
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Van Helsing - Peter Cushing! Europe's chief expert on vampires is out to cleanse the Orient of them as well.
  • Leyland Helsing - The son of course, a bit rash perhaps, but he is capable of defending himself most of the time.
  • Hsi Ching - Leader of the Hsi clan, his hands are deadly weapons. Drives a stake through his own heart.
  • Mai Kwei - Ching's only sister, (Dad tossed all the others down a well.) her weapons are two long daggers.
  • Vanessa Buren - Wealthy and brazen woman who idolizes Van Helsing, ends up a vampire and Ching drives a stake through her heart.
  • Hsi Kwei - Ching's brother and bowman extraordinaire, able to fire silver shafted arrows long distances.
  • Hsi Ta - Ching's brother and axeman extraordinaire, any guy who can swing heavy axes around like that deserves respect. Tackles a vampire into a pit of flame.
  • Hsi Sung - Ching's brother who uses a darn big mace. Cut down by a vampire's sword.
  • Hsi Sung and Hsi San - Twin brothers who join hands and then employ their swords as a whirlwind of steel. Cut down by a Golden Vampire.
  • Hsi Ba Kwei - Ching's brother, (Whew, that's the last one.) he employs a deadly spear.
  • The Zombies - Desiccated bodies summoned from the grave to do the vampire's bidding. Turned into dust by the powerful kung fu of Ching and his brothers.
  • The 7 Golden Vampires - Dread creatures of the night, they wear golden masks over their hideous faces. Sent straight to hell by our heroes.
  • Dracula - The most powerful vampire ever, he left Transylvania and set up shop here. (He must like tea.) Stabbed through the heart by Van Helsing.

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The Plot: 

Vampires and kung fu! (If that didn't get your attention I don't know what will.) The plot for this is rather contrived, much like some dungeonmaster stating, "Okay, so you all meet in a tavern..." and there is one glaring problem, but the film is so much fun. What is the glaring problem you ask? The film begins with a minion of the Golden Vampires seeking out Dracula's help, we are informed the year is 1804. Dracula takes over the poor guy's body and leaves to go on a trip to China, I guess he's tired of villagers running around with torches and holy water. Our subject movie takes place in 1904, but Van Helsing has encountered Dracula before - in Transylvania, though for the last century the master vampire has been in the Orient... ...ahm. Regardless of that, Van Helsing journeyed to the Far East to study their vampire legends and he is soon approached by Hsi Ching. The young man, his six brothers, and their sister are all pledged to rid their village of the vampire's scourge. The professor would love to help, but such an expedition would require generous funds. Right about now Leyland comes strolling in with Vanessa, so that solves the funding issue nicely. The entire plot is just a setup for three glorious fight scenes, one with a group of bad guys who Leyland managed to annoy, the other two with the vampires and their minions. For some odd reason the brothers all use spears in the final battle, though their mastered weapons had worked quite well to dispatch three of the vampires earlier.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Goat herders are terrified of Asians.
  • Vampires are multilingual.
  • Zombies love watching reruns of "The Gong Show."
  • Zombies like to skip.
  • Vampires should avoid Buddha at all costs.
  • Young women have to be topless for sacrifice.
  • Undead are full of talc.
  • It's okay to be clumsy, long as your clothes are flame retardant.
  • If you love someone, drive a hollow bamboo stake through their heart.
  • Vampires are soluble in blood and cause it to evaporate without leaving a film.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Hehehe! Bats on strings, I so love Hammer Films.
  • 6 mins - One shot he doesn't have fangs, next minute he does.
  • 37 mins - About thirty brigands against eight martial arts masters, we're about to see a slaughter...
  • 49 mins - I wonder who was nice enough to landscape this small section of stream, considering it's located somewhere in the wilds of China.
  • 50 mins - Leyland is the only male around that she is not related to, of course she is going to fall for him.
  • 82 mins - I had thought the spear was solid metal, but it just snapped.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note goldvamps1.wav Hsi Ching: "You and your son have been under our protection; no harm could befall you. Already your son has witnessed the skills of my brothers."
Green Music Note goldvamps2.wav Van Helsing: "In Europe the vampire walks in dread of the crucifix. Here it will be the image of the Lord Buddha."
Green Music Note goldvamps3.wav Hsi Ching: "My brothers can not survive another attack, professor."
Van Helsing: "We've destroyed half their number, three still remain...just three demons terrorizing Ping Qwei."
Green Music Note goldvamps4.wav Van Helsing: "Is the mighty Dracula too frightened to reveal his face to me?"
Dracula: "I am Dracula! Lord of darkness, master of the vampires, prince of the undead, ruler of the damned!"
Van Helsing: "Prove it!"

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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #1. Posted on February 14, 2000, 12:13:55 PM by Paul Westbrook
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.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #2. Posted on May 19, 2000, 03:40:11 PM by jason hyde
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.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #3. Posted on June 05, 2000, 02:36:49 AM by Sir Sword
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.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #4. Posted on July 05, 2000, 11:56:23 AM by Chris K.
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.  
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #5. Posted on July 14, 2000, 03:30:28 PM by Matango
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.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #6. Posted on April 23, 2003, 11:22:33 PM by staev
This was the last film made by Hammer Studios.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #7. Posted on December 18, 2000, 12:27:11 PM by Art strubelt II
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.
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by art strubelt III
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.
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