The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

2003

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

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In 19th-century China, a group of evil-doers known as the Seven Golden Vampires visit Count Dracula's grave, where they are magically merged into one, super-powered vampire. Now it falls to vampire hunter Van Helsing and four kung fu experts to defeat the creature in this martial arts horror film.

Cast

Peter Cushing
as Professor Laurence Van Helsing
David Chang
as Hsu Tien-an
David Chiang
as Hsu Ching/Hsu Tien-an
Julie Ege
as Vanessa
Szu Shih
as Mai Kwei
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

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Audience Reviews for The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

  • Jun 09, 2011
    First of all this movie is a little long, second there's way too much kung fu fighting, but if you like that, you'll enjoy this movie. I enjoyed seeing Cushing again, and the good background story for the 7 Golden Vampires, which was cool. Overall, though, this movie is just okay. It's not a great vampire or martial arts movie, but it's not bad.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2011
    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.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2010
    hammer and shaw teamed up for this early 70s vampire flick, taking peter cushing as vanhelsing and puting him in china being asked by a group to cme to there village where vampires of the chinese kind do exist, and what we know is, dracula himself has reincarnated to a leader there, a well thought ut horror/marcial arts fusing tgether well, its a entertaining effort, which has the trademarks f both hammer and the shaw brothers,
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2007
    A curious collaboration between Hammer and the Hong Kong Martial Arts outfit Shaw Brothers. No classic, but good fun all the same. This was to be Cushing's last outing as Van Helsing. Dracula does appear, though not as played by Christopher Lee, and this can hardly be considered part of the 'Dracula' cycle.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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