#THROWBACKTHURSDAY: There can't be many Peter Cushing or Hammer films fans...or haters of John Forbes Robertson's Dracula, that HAVEN'T seen, The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires yet?. If you haven't, then this is your lucky day! Depending on how you like your vampires, or your Kung Fu, you maybe in for treat!.... Hammer films sadly, were sometimes a little like that 'almost trendy friend, who lived out-in-the-country'', who was just a little bit out of sync with the times. They did, 'Swinging London', when it's swing had ...well swung, dangled a bit and then died off, with their setting of Dracula AD 72. Jumped on the whole devil-possession thing, after The Exorcist impact had shocked, knocked out it's audience and left the door hanging off its hinges. And here sadly, when the Bruce Lee 'chop-sock and dragon craze' had blazed it's way across the world, and was already on the parody hit list.
BUT THERE IS A LOT to like about LEGEND. Sure, the special effects are a tiny bit on the Ed Wood side, but everyone shows up, kicks the living daylights out of one another and Cushing, looks great! Result! John Forbes Robertson is no Christopher Lee, but then who could be? He doesn't do any damage and his make up is very much in line with the tradition of how Asian cinema presents their idea of myth, lore and vampire legend.... So, don't knock it, punch, chop or bite it too hard! Had Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires, been released a good two years earlier, it would have been a smash . .. cash crash, Kung Fu cash cow! Hammer and co production buddies Shaw Brothers, must have been hopping mad that it wasn't!..A bit like the army of zombie vamps in the film I guess. I DO love em!
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