Director: Seth Holt
Starring: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, George Coulouris
A severed hand beckons from an open grave!
Professor Julian Fuchs leads an expedition in ancient Egypt and discovers the tomb of Queen Tera. Tera’s beautiful body is still in almost perfect condition, except her hand which is cut off with a big ruby ring attached to it. He decides to bring her body home. At the same time as he is doing this, his wife dies while giving birth to their daughter Margaret.
Twentysome years later Margaret is given the ruby ring and starts to get haunted by dreams about the egyptian queen, who wants to use Margarets body as a vehicle to take revenge upon those who disturbed her grave.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb is based on the Bram Stoker’s novel The Jewel of Seven Stars. It’s a story that has been adapted into to other movies after this aswell, including The Awakening (1980) and Legend of the Mummy (1998).
This Hammer production is mostly known for the production problems it had. Peter Cushing was originally cast as Professor Fuchs, but due to his wife’s sickness he had to leave after only one day on the set. This also ended up being the last movie that director Seth Holt was able to do. A week before wrapping up the movie, he sadly died of a heart attack.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb has a higher body count, female skin and blood than what we might expect from Hammer movies or just horror movies in general from the very early 70’s. The bloody neck wounds do get repeated a few times too many for my taste, but the bloody stump squirting blood is pretty cool.
The sets are nice, as always with Hammer Productions. The pacing of the movie however could have been better and same can be said about the dialogue. It also lacks the suspense needed for the movie to succeed.
The gorgeous and voluptuous Valerie Leon (Queen Kong, Revenge of the Pink Panther) plays both Queen Tera and Margaret here. She is not the best actress I’ve seen in a horror movie, but her stunning beauty makes up for it. Andrew Keir (Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Night Visitor) got the job of trying to fill the shoes of Peter Cushing as Professor Fuchs. He is no Cushing, but he does a good job here.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb is Hammer trying to do something different with the mummy concept. It ended up being mediocre, and there are plenty of much better films in their category which makes this an overlooked film.