The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

UK, Hong Kong, 1973
88m [UK theatrical], 7,962 feet [UK theatrical]
35mm film, “filmed in Panavision”, colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British/Hong Kong horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker. Although only loosely related to the rest of the series, this was the last of the and would be the last vampire film released under the Hammer banner for thirty six years, until the release of Let Me In in 2010. It was also the only film in the series in which (who only appears briefly at the start of the film) was not played by Christopher Lee.

Plot Summary

1904: Chinese occultist Kah travels to Transylvania seeking out Count Dracula who promptly steals his body. A century later, Professor is on a lecture tour of China when he becomes involved in the plight of a small village under attack from seven legendary golden .

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
© MCMLXXIV [] Hammer Film Productions Limited/Shaw Brothers (HK) Limited
Michael Carreras & Run Run Shaw present a Hammer/Shaw production
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Produced by: Don Houghton and Vee King Shaw
Production Manager: Chua Lam
Screenplay by: Don Houghton
Assistant Director: Erh Feng
Continuity: Renee Glynne
Directors of Photography: John Wilcox, Roy Ford
Camera Operator: Roy Ford
Focus Puller: Keith Jones
Filmed in Panavision
Editor: Chris Barnes
Assistant Editor: Larry Richardson
Composer: James Benard
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Les Hammond
Boom Operator: Tommy Staples
Sound Maintenance: Dan Grimmel
Sound Editor: Frank Golding
Costumes: Liu Chi-Yu
Make-Up: Wu Hsu Ching
Hairdresser: Peng Yen-Lien
Special Effects: Les Bowie
Art Director: Johnson Tsau
Props Master: Li Wu
Production Secretary: Jean Walter
Assistant to Producers: Christopher Carreras
Floor Manager: Peng Cheng
Made entirely on location in Hong Kong
Unit Manager: Shen Chung
Sequences Staged by: Tang Chia, Liu Chia-Liang

Cast
Peter Cushing (Professor [Lawrence] Van Helsing)
David Chiang (Hsi Ching)
Julie Ege (Vanessa Buren)
Robin Stewart (Leyland Van Helsing)
Shih Szu (Mai Kwei)
John Forbes-Robertson (Dracula)
Robert Hanna (British Consul)
Chan Shen (Kah)
James Ma (Hsi Ta)
Liu Hiu Ling1Liu Hiu Ling is credited in the opening credits but not in the end credits
Liu Chia Yung (Hsi Kwei)
Wong Han Chan (Leung Hon)
Chen Tien Loong (Hsi San)
Fong Kah Ann [in opening titles] Feng Ko An [in closing titles] (Hsi Sung)

Alternative Titles

7 Brothers and a Sister Meet Dracula
7 Brothers of Dracula – working title
7 Brothers Versus Dracula
7 Golden Vampires – working title
Les 7 vampires d'or – France
Dracula and the Seven Golden Vampires – working title
Kung Fu contra los siete vampiros de oro – Spain
The Last Warning – working title
The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires – alternative spelling
La Leggenda dei 7 vampiri d'oro – Italy
The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula – USA
Seven Golden Vampires: The Last Warning – working title
Die Sieben goldenen Vampire – Germany

Sequel to
Dracula (1958)
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)
The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

Extracts included in
The World of Hammer: Dracula & the Undead (1994)
The World of Hammer: Mummies, Werewolves and the Living Dead (1994)

Production Notes

Release
The US theatrical version, titled The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula, runs just 72m and is missing a large chunk of Van Helsing's university lectures, an equally large chunk of the party at the beginning of the film, much of Kah's meeting with Dracula and almost all of the romantic dialogue in the cave. Scenes are also re-edited and the vampire attack on the village is now placed at the beginning of the film. Much of the sex and violence has been removed altogether.

References

Periodicals

  • CineAction no.78 (2009) pp.46-51 – illustrated article (Hop on pop: Jiangshi films in a transnational context by Stephanie Lam)
  • Cinefantastique vol.9 no.1 (Autumn 1979) p.40 – review
  • Cinema of the '70s no.1 (2020) pp.49-68 – illustrated article (Straight on till '79: A decade of Hammer horror by Ian Taylor)
  • CinemaTV Today no.10098 (31 August 1974) p.15 – credits
  • Classic Images no.313 (July 2001) p.41 – soundtrack review
  • Dark Terrors no.14 (June 1997) p.41 – illustrated short article
  • Dirigido por… no.335 (June 2004) p.42 (Spain) – illustrated review (Kung Fu contra los siete vampiros de oro by Tomás Fernández Valentí)
  • Filmhäftet no.119 (2002) pp.44-49 – illustrated article (Hammer Film drar österut: en ny betraktelse av The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires)
  • Films and Filming vol.21 no.1 (October 1974) p.43 – review
  • Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994) p.49 – illustrated credits, review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.8 (April 1998) pp.458-460 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.41 no.488 (September 1974) p.202 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety 4 June 1975 p.19 – credits, review

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.278
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.105-106
  • Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker's Novel Adapted (3rd Edition) by Lyndon W. Joslin pp.236-243
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.112-113
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.7, 251, 277, 286, 320, 344
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.327, 339
  • Film Review 1975-76 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.172
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.485-491 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Hammer Story by Marcus Hearn and Alan Barnes pp.164-165 – illustrated article, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.346
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.186-187 – credits, review
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.348-353
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.150-151
  • Ten Years of Terror pp.215-216 – illustrated credits, reviews (by Jonathan Sothcott, David Flint)
  • Terror Tracks: Music, Sound and Horror Cinema by Philip Hayward (ed) p.61
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.23-26; 213 – illustrated review; credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.142-143
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.102-103