Sunday, October 9, 2011

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)

Director: Seth Holt

Starring: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, George Coulouris, Mark Edwards, Rosalie Crutchley, Aubrey Morris

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A severed hand beckons from an open grave!

Plot: On the night before her birthday, Margaret Fuchs receives an ancient Egyptian ring with a red stone as a birthday gift from her father, Prof. Julian Fuchs. Margaret has frequent nightmares about an expedition in Egypt with five members, including her father, finding the tomb of Queen Tera, an evil sorcerer with a severed hand. The members collect the sarcophagus with a totally preserved mummy, the severed hand with the ring with a red stone, and three relics. Margaret is possessed by the spirit of Tera and chases the expedition members to retrieve the objects and gives life back to Tera.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

#45 on Hammer Horror (1957-1976)

Well this was rather disappointing. There's no mummy. There is blood and there is a mummy's tomb (mostly reconstructed in the basement of Professor Fuchs's (Andrew Keir) basement). I can't call shenanigans this time. Instead of a mummy, we get this:

I'll take it but it sure would have been nice to see a female mummy all wrapped up in bandages wreaking havoc on folks. There's not much action and the deaths are many, albeit uninspired. Tristram Cary's score is nice and very much fits the Hammer music mold, sound like James Bernard at times. The film's problem is that it's just not exciting and fun. It's the last mummy picture for Hammer and it's not nearly as enjoyable as the previous outing, THE MUMMY'S SHROUD (1967). Oh, well. Them's the breaks.

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