Home Video Hovel: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, by Dayne Linford

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  1. Alexander Miller says:

    This was my introduction to Hammer and it’s always been a personal favourite of mine, David Chiang was a great mid-to-late Shaw Bros star, and Peter Cushing is a delight, great review !

    • Dayne says:

      Thanks! This was actually a first Hammer for me, too, though I knew of them by reputation. I’m now currently correcting this great error haha

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    Romance stories between white women & Chinese men appeared in Broken Blossoms & The Bitter Tea of General Yen, although in both cases it was a white man in yellowface. Neither are Hammer films, but they’re also significantly older (silent in the former case, just black & white in the latter).

    • Dayne says:

      That’s a good point, and there’s a host of romantically doomed interracial relationships throughout the years intervening this film and those. I think it’s significant that this is a popular film moving into that territory and that, as you mentioned, we don’t have yellowface here. I’m a firm proponent of the idea that the visual language of a film trumps everything else, and it seems pretty clear to me that audiences were more easily able to accept the “idea” of interracial relationships as long as they didn’t actually have to see it. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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