What happens when the top horror movie studio and best kung fu flick studio co-produce a film?
They create a cross-genre classic, that's little-remembered today!
And you'll need to be here tomorrow for the astounding conclusion!
In the mid-1970s, with diminishing returns on their once-popular horror films, Hammer Studios began experimenting with new elements to attract the audience back, including nudity and, in this film, kung fu!
It was also Hammer's first co-production with another studio, in this case, Shaw Brothers, who were already doing co-productions with several other European studios.
Taking elements of both European and Asian vampire lore, writer Don Houghton (no stranger to genre material with credits including the Dr Who tv series and several Hammer Dracula films) created a cross-genre story that combines the disparate (and sometimes contradictory) elements of two cultures' myths and makes it work logically (for the most part).
More details tomorrow!