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Hammer ups the ante in delivering the chills,
This review is from: Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (DVD)
This classic Hammer horror, based on Bram Stoker's novel "Jewel Of Seven Stars" is perhaps most famous for the deaths of director Seth Holt and the wife of Peter Cushing, the movie's original lead- which inevitably led to reports of a curse on the production. Strangely this is R18 in NZ/Australia despite being PG in the US. BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB is pretty gory for its time, maybe Hammer studios felt Herschell Gordon Lewis had been stealing some of their thunder so they countered this with classier, big budget bloodletting.
The plot revolves around archeologist Dr. Fuchs (Andrew Keir) who steals a ring of the Seven Stars from an Egyptian tomb. The only problem is it belonged to a Queen, and whoever wears the ring can bring death upon unsuspecting persons by gorily slashing their throats. Fuchs gives the ring to his sexy daughter Margaret (Valerie Leon) as a gift. Unfortunately, the ring causes her to have nightmares; one of which features Queen Tera's severed hand being mauled by dogs; but still crawling along by itself with the precious ring still attached! Ironically, Margaret also has a scar encircling her wrist. Coincidence? Or could she be the reincarnation of Queen Tera?
BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB is one of the best and obviously most notorious of Hammer's horror pictures. There's some great camera work, especially in the classic scene where an old geezer in a mental hospital is menaced by demonic forces. Valerie Leon's voluptuous breasts give two mesmirising supporting performances. She just oozes sex appeal. Followed by a feeble remake in 1980, THE AWAKENING starring Charlton Heston and Stephanie Zimbalist from TV's REMINGTON STEELE. Watch this instead. You''ll find it much more rewarding.
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2009 4:47:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2009 6:47:32 AM PST
William B. Hamner says:
liked the movie & would somebody explain the endin to me. some wrote it has 2 endings
Posted on Nov 24, 2011 9:47:13 AM PST
I saw this movie on TCM and it seemed to contain scenes this one did not. I'm almost sure of it.
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