THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES (AKA
THE 7 BROTHERS MEET DRACULA)
Director - Roy Ward Baker, Screenplay - Don Houghton, Producers - Houghton
and Vee King Shaw, Photography - Roy Ford & John Wilcox, Music - James
Bernard, Music Supervisor - Philip Martell, Special Effects - Les Bowie,
Makeup - Wu Hsu Ching,
Art Direction - Johnson Tsau. Production Company -
Hammer/Sir Run Run Shaw. 1974.
Cast: Peter Cushing (Professor Lawrence Van Helsing), Robin Stewart
(Leyland Van Helsing), David Chiang (Hsi Ching), Julie Ege (Vanessa
Buren), Shih Szu (Mei Kwei), Chan Shen (Kah), John Forbes-Robertson
In 1880, a Chinese Warlord pays a visit to Castle Dracula to seek the
Count’s services, but is instead destroyed so Dracula can take on his
physical appearance. Months later, in Imperial China, Van Helsing, fresh
from his Transylvanian lectures on vampirism and the ancient legend of
the seven golden vampires, ventures to the city of Ping Kuei. He is
accompanied by his son Leyland Van Helsing and martial arts expert
Hsi-Ching, along with his six brothers.
Dracula, in his cttle commences with a great clash of thunder. All the
remaining vampires are killed except one. The vampire abducts Leyland’s
girlfriend to the dreaded Temple of Dracula. Leyland and Van Helsing
pursue the beast. Dracula awaits in the temple while Leyland and the
golden vampire struggle outside. Suddenly, Professor Van Helsing
engages in a desperate fight with the Lord of the Undead himself. During
the struggle, the professor plunges an iron shaft into Dracula’s body.
The Count topples onto the stone floor and reduces to dust. Upon Dracula’s
destruction, the violent wind dies and the zombies crumble to dust like
their master. Van Helsing has destroyed the fiend completely and eternally.
(Plot summary based on Robert Marrero's book Horrors of Hammer)
Screen grabs by Stuart Hall