In 1974, during the height of Shaw Brothers style of kung fu movies, Britain’s own Hammer Films joined forces with its Hong Kong counterpart creating a unique film crossover where horror meets action; The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (aka The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula.) This co-production effort was an unusual but creative undertaking involving directors Chang Cheh and Roy Ward Baker, legendary kung fu star David Chiang, and the late great horror legend, Peter Cushing as Van Helsing.
This is not entirely a no holds barred kung fu movie, but a campy horror film with cheesy makeup. However, there is action to enjoy but not in the flavor Chang Cheh normally delivers. The reason we are presenting this flick on Kung Fu Saturdays is because it is an original prototype for horror meets martial arts films later made famous with Blade, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Underworld. This is indeed a film to watch and appreciate.
When I was a fiend for kung fu movies as a kid I did not enjoy this film like I do now. I guess it was because it was too gothic for my tastes and the vampire make up sucked. But nowadays, I honestly believe this movie deserves to be remade with a more sophisticated treatment and some solid character development. If anyone in Hollywood is looking for a new spin on films why not recycle this B-rated campy classic! If it was not for this film maybe we never would have seen a flick like Blade to ever grace the silver screen.
Props to Danger S for bringing up this movie in our discussion last week. I think you may really like it.
Please, excuse the lousy pop up. Oh, and in case you got kids around, this flick has some brief nudity.