Obituary: Julie Ege alerts us to the sad news that Hammer horror heroine Julie Ege died from breast cancer on April 29. Ege starred in two of the British company’s less well received films, CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT and LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES. CREATURES was an attempt to do another prehistoric movie in the vein of ONE MILLION B.C. and WHEN DINOSAURS RULES THE EARTH – but without the dinosaurs. Ege of course played the ravishing cave girl. LEGEND was an attempt to revitalize the Dracula franchise by pitting vampire-hunter Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) against kung fu vampires in China. Ege played a woman who joins the expedition. Although a fairly typical role, there was some attempt to fashion a more independent female character, and she has a wonderful tragic scene near the end. She also appeared in THE FREAKMAKER, CRAZE (with Jack Palance), and and the Bond film ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE.

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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