|Dir:||Seth Holt / Michael Carreras|
|Star:||Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, George Coulouris, James Villiers, Aubrey Morris|
|Cert / Year:||15 - R / 1971|
The evil begins when Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir) and his expedition team discover the tomb of Queen Tera (Valerie Leon), in Egypt. Upon opening the tomb they unleash mysterious powers from beyond the grave as the catatonic Tera exerts her wicked womanly wiles...
One of the later Hammer horrors, Blood from the Mummy's Tomb can't really be regarded as a classic but it is moderately entertaining despite being a poor film. Based on the Bram Stoker novel "Jewel of the Seven Stars" this is not exactly a deep or stimulating film, but manages to be watchable and even entertaining. Much of the film's appeal however is entirely down to the ample "charms" of the star Valerie Leon. Scene after scene her clothes (what there are of them) strain to contain her bosoms, which incidentally are her best feature as her acting is quite attrocious. Her acting as Tera is very good though, but to be honest that role only involves lying motionless and virtually naked in a sarcophogus so even a Marks & Spencer shop dummy can handle that taxing role. Overrall the set design is unimpressive, nothing interesting or authentic, just a series of cheap looking paint jobs on hardboard backgrounds.
Not even one of the better "Mummy" movies, this can't even compete on an artistic level with some of the more recent offerings ie: The Mummy. But for a superstition rife 70's stock horror film, which is poorly founded and researched, it has no actual scare factor or appeal and only strives to be entertaining. It is corny in the extreme and features some really cheesy dialogue and photography. The direction is quite poor except for one, maybe two reasonably good set pieces, which stand out like a sore thumb in comparison to the rest of the film. There is an unintentionally funny but quite hilarious car crash scene which is just so poorly done and amateur looking that it warrants a laugh. Some of the editing also leaves a lot to be desired as it looks in places to have been done at a chimps tea party.
The cast ham it up and the only cast member to come out of this thing with any credibility must have been cult star Andrew Keir, as he is by far the only decent talent in there. Keir of course played the memorable Professor Quatermass in Hammer's Quatermass and the Pit, but gets little screen time here due to him being mostly unconscious. Another actor who crops up here in a typically strange performance is the excellent Aubrey Morris as a doctor with a somewhat suspicious practice. The "presence" of Valerie Leon does more harm than good really and her performance stinks, but for most viewers it will not be her acting that attracts them to the film in the first place. The fact that the film's original director Seth Holt died during production and the film was completed by Michael Carreras, may well explain the difference in style that is evident in places.
|1.85:1||Not a bad print and transfer|
|Dolby Digital 2.0||Not brilliant but good quality|
|Dull, static menu|
|A minimal disc with nothing except the trailer on it, but it is a good transfer. Lets hope the Hammer releases get a bit better.|