Cast and Crew: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang (Directors); David Chiang, Julie Ege
What It’s About: Count Dracula (John Forbes-Robertson) travels to China in the guise of Kah (Shen Chan) to revive the Chinese vampire cult. While lecturing in China, Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) meets a family of kung fu fighters who recruit him to help them defeat Kah.
Why Watch it Today?: Author Bram Stoker was born today in 1847. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is one of the strangest directions his creation, Dracula, took in popular culture. Hammer Studios attempted to breath new life into their long running Dracula franchise by cross pollinating it with the kung fu genre. A co-production with legendary Hong Kong studio Shaw Brothers, the resulting film is something of a Frankenstein, stitched together of parts from each studio’s stable of clichés. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is full of disorienting (but wonderful) sights such as an elderly Peter Cushing fighting side by side with kung fu masters against a horde of vampires. It’s hard to imagine what Stoker’s reaction might be to seeing this silly, but fun, film, but it’s well worth a watch for fans of any of the people, studios, genres, or characters involved or those who enjoy “WTF” moments.
Where to Get It: Netflix (Rental)
Mo Rating for Movember: Kah is the only Mo-Haver, and his is accompanied by a rather long beard. Cool as that is, he only earns the film 2 out of 5 Mos, especially considering Stoker’s Dracula sported a Mo and Hammer’s does not.