Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)

Directors: Seth Holt, Michael Carreras
Writer: Christopher Wicking
Cinematographer: Arthur Grant
Music: Tristram Cary
Cast: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, Mark Edwards, George Coulouris, Rosalie Crutchley, Aubrey Morris, James Cossins



A pleasing gothic fantasy, given the trouble-fraught production. Peter Cushing was due to star, and actually filmed some scenes, but pulled out early on due to the passing of his beloved wife, Helen. He was replaced in the role by Andrew Keir. Seth Holt directed most of the film, but was not to finish it: He died not long before completion, and studio executive Michael Carreras finished the film.

The story is the only Hammer Mummy film without the presence of an actual mummy. The story concerns a young woman, Margaret (Leon), overtaken by the vengeful spirit of an Egyptian queen. Through Margaret, Queen Tera takes revenge on the archaeologists who disturbed her tomb, including Margaret's father, Dr Fuchs (Keir). The story is loosely based on the story Jewel of the Seven Stars by Bram Stoker. It was later remade as (the apparently lamentable) The Awakening, starring Charlton Heston (1980).






David L Rattigan 2005





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