Director: Seth Holt
Writer: Christopher Wicking
Cast: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, George Coulouris, Mark Edwards, Rosalie Crutchley, Aubrey Morris, David Markham, Joan Young, James Cossins, David Jackson, Jonathan Burn, Graham James, Tamara Ustinov, Penelope Holt, Angela Ginders, Tex Fuller, Madina Luis, Omar Amoodi, Abdul Kader, Oscar Charles, Ahmed Osman, Soltan Lalani, Saad Ghazi, and Sunbronze Danny Boy
Composer: Tristram Cary
Release Date: 10/14/1971
MPAA Rating: PG
While leading an expedition, Professor Julian Fuchs (Andrew Keir) locates the tomb of Tera (Valerie Leon)—an ancient Egyptian queen who bears an uncanny resemblance to Fuchs’ daughter Margaret. Through her recurring nightmares, Margaret soon discovers a terrible connection between herself and Tera—with an ominous outcome.
Lacking the eerie setting and spooky atmosphere of The Mummy (1959), Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb is a subpar entry in Hammer’s lineup of films. Specifically, despite benefiting from the innocent and charming performance of Valerie Leon, this offering is marred by languid pacing, confusing character motives, and light emphasis on horror tropes.
Gore enthusiasts may appreciate this film for its macabre special effects, which include disembodied hands, gushing knife wounds, and mutilated throats with exposed cartilage—all fairly convincing by the standards of an early 1970s horror film.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb also deserves praise for its dreamlike qualities, which mainly result from the astral score of composer Tristram Cary—known to Hammer fans for his contributions to Quatermass and the Pit.
Unlike prior installments in Hammer’s The Mummy series, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb fails to present a living mummy swathed in bandages—an aspect that severely undermines the creep factor of this film.
Additionally problematic is the convoluted storyline for Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, which, though similar to The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, may prevent viewers from investing in the conflict of Margaret—supposedly possessed by the Egyptian Tera, who somehow returns to life and attempts to kill Margaret in the climactic scene.
This film deserves praise for its original take on the mummy theme—unlike The Mummy’s Shroud and The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, which recycle the premise from the 1959 version starring Christopher Lee. Modern audiences may nevertheless wish to avoid Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, which suffers from a dull narrative and a bizarre twist ending.
Overall Quality: 4/10
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