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Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires 1974 ***

Something of a shambles, but enjoyable enough, this hybrid from the Hammer and Shaw Brothers studios mixes vampire horror and kung-fu action; it’s hard to imagine what Peter Cushing made of it all. As Van Helsing, he’s back on the trail of Count Dracula (John Forbes Robertson) in rural China; Roy Ward Baker is a reliable director for hammer films, but the odd-make-up and lengthy fight-scenes seem to have pushed him well outside his comfort zone. Something of a novelty item for genre fans, The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires is a charmingly odd late-cycle offering.

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  1. LOVE this movie! So off the wall and bizarre but oh so much fun. Probably the one real curiosity piece among the Hammer canon. Nice post!

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