3/20/11

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
We shall end Hammer Horror week with the grindhousiest of the Hammer films; the last of the nine Hammer Dracula movies; the movie so excellent that Christopher Lee turned it down after reading the script... 

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, of course, is not just another Gothic vampire yarn.  It has kung-fu!  It also has nine different titles and some of you may know it as the edited North American version, The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula.  Hammer Film Productions teamed up with the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong to capitalize on the popularity of the kung-fu films of the early 1970s.  So now the dreaded bloodthirsty creatures are no longer lurking in some dank Transylvanian castle or crypt, they are duking it out in China.

There isn't much of a plot and there doesn't have to be because it has kung-fu dammit!  Dracula rises from the grave after being summoned by a Chinese disciple.  He takes the form of this Asian guy and travels to China to help six vampire brothers who are distressed at losing the seventh member of their gang.

Meanwhile, Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) is teaching a university class in China to a group of skeptics who ridicule him for suggesting that vampires are real.  One student does believe him because he and his brothers and one sister are vampire hunters.  They need Van Helsing's expertise to eradicate the golden vampire minions from their town where these monsters are draining the blood of the local maidens.  The brothers and their sister team up with Van Helsing, his widower son and a wealthy European debutante to confront the six Chinese vampires and the Count Dracula himself... with kung-fu!

"Shawty wanna l-l-lick me like a lollipop."
I really like this film.  It has Dracula, kung-fu and topless Chinese girls.  What's not to like?  Who cares if some the characters are wooden and irrelevant or that Dracula isn't frightening or really even necessary to the plot.  Somehow it all works for me, but my standards are pretty low.


Here is the trailer for The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires but I must warn you, because of the topless Chinese girls, it's NSFW.


38 comments:

Erika said...

Black Belt vs Black Magic .....

Oh dear XD

amBored said...

kung fu horror? sounds great :D

The Angry Lurker said...

This is a classic but a long time since I've seen it but I have fond memories.

Brut said...

If it's got Dracula I'm in!

GADAFINY said...

i never seen a kung fu horror movie ,this i gotta see
thanks for sharing

duffboi said...

This sounds interesting. Maybe check it out as a novelty.

D4 said...

kung fu and vampires. SOLD.
Oh also, what the hell is lil Wayne doing in there? Ahahahaha

Robert Fünf said...

...So, do the fight scenes suck? (Sorry. Had to do it.)

Bart said...

that gun looks badass

KUSHtunes said...

I wish they had made "Thanksgiving"

Arcita said...

you always have to be in a certain mood for these types of movies.. like a drunk and high mood late at night eating tons of food :D

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Chris said...

lol @ "you haven't seen kung fu, until you seen the 7 brothers and their 1 sister against Dracula!"

Moob said...

hahaha i love this blog.

Teutorix said...

I usually like these types of movies but Lil Wayne.... thats just too creppy man...


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Rabidmoose said...

Black belt vs. black magic is a great line, just sounds awesome!

Kicking Rocks said...

looks like a crazy movie!

Bubi said...

that's the good stuff ,thanks !

hoaks2 said...

OMG I had no idea this existed, and now I must watch it. Thank you good sir! Followed!

rinns said...

I wish I had time for movies :(

Jay.CA said...

the best of the east and the west! :D

Shutterbug said...

You had me at Kung Fu! ;)

Picnaster said...

Love your blog. Followed+

Rob said...

I need to know where you find these movies!

Tasos said...

this actually drew my interest. (not only because of the topless chinese girls) it looks like a movie that I would watch without a problem!

Astronomy Pirate said...

This sounds like a fun movie. I imagine Bruce Lee fighting Dracula.

Sam said...

I love Peter Cushing!

G said...

I actually have this one - which is going to be on tomorrows watch list

ed said...

what a crazy concept, trailer looks good

Bassislv said...

this one looks crazy

Matt said...

Sounds like a pretty good film. Where do you find all of these?

ebm93 said...

I should watch this

Candlej- said...

ahhh crud, right now i can only watch SFW



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thenitefalls said...

Man I have to watch this movie it has everything in one :D

ankmanpro said...

Neat lookin film!

Patti D. said...

What an explosive mix!

PvtCarlin said...

Woah, the trailer was sicknasty.

lovebloggin said...

this looks awesome, i'm going to have to see it

Aaron M. Gipson said...

This is a film I NEED to see! Holy crap, it's like a bread bowl salad of motion picture goodness!

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