Just watched The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires aka the final Hammer Horror Dracula film. The film gets a bad rap on being so awful that it killed the franchise and given there's no Christopher Lee. There are also plot holes abound (the time-line is all fucked up. How can Dracula go about this quest to unleash them in 1804 and then Van Helsing to stumble upon it in 1902?) and yes the actor who plays Dracula in this is VERY underwhelming. No presence and menace like Christopher Lee's. Thankfully we only see him in the beginning and the end. The Chinese form he takes is so much more superior.
But you know what? I enjoyed the hell out of the film. How can you not go wrong when the film has: great villains in the seven golden vampires, Kung Fu action, gore, great music score, fine ass Asian boobies, zombies, some great plot twists, and Peter Cushing reprising the role of Van Helsing (for his final time)? Also, there is an almost video game-like feel to the climax. Like just when the heroes of the movie think it's over BAM the true final boss shows up in true video game boss fashion (he's pathetic compared to the other bosses).
Seriously this film is the child of the Shaw Brothers and Hammer making sweet loving (warning the trailer contains said Asian boobies):
Like I said at first I was taken back by this, but then I grew to appreciate what was going on here. I mean when was the last time you had a film that had a mix of Chinese and Eastern European Vampires vs. an alliance of the baddest vampire hunters of the 70s. The DVD I got also has an audio version of Peter Cushing himself reading the story with sound effects and music from the movie. Honestly I never even heard of such a thing done before.
You know what? I realize why I liked it so much. It reminded me of Big Trouble in Little China. Though with Peter Cushing as Jack Burton.