Blood From the Mummy's Tomb
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Margaret (Valerie Leon) suffers a recurring nightmare in which she sees an ancient Egyptian queen, to whom she bears an uncannyt resemblance, sealed up in a sarcophagus. The priests who entomb her first chop off her hand, before throwing it to jackals. They are then killed by a mysterious and powerful force that lacerates their throats. Margaret's father, Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir), gives her a ring that he discovered in the tomb of Queen Tera 20 years before- the ring was on the queen's disembodied hand. At the moment Fuchs discovered the Queen's perfectly preserved, still bleeding body, MArgaret's mother died giving birth to her. It transpire that Margaret is a vessel for Tera's magic. When a certain celestial condjuction is complete, and three key artefacts are assembled by Tera's corpse, the evil sorceress will be reborn... The shooting of this complex and disturbing film was beset by tragedy. Original star Peter Cushing had to leave the production after just one day when his wife fell ill and subsequently died. Five weeks into shooting director Seth Holt suffered a heart attack and died, leaving Hammer's managing director Michael Carreras to complete the remaining sequences.
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Also director Seth Holt died of a heart attack about 5 weeks into filming this so Michael Carreras directed the final week's filming. ~ Wikipedia article on the film states. So Carreras directed the final week but it seem to have not helped or hurt the film.
The asylum scenes were pretty good - I really liked the filming down the hallway being warped looking while all the hollering and laughter was being heard - nice touch.
The story is just so-so - not one of the better Mummy stories from Hammer but not a down right bad one either.
Directed by Seth Holt, this is a fine horror flick with all the great set and location ambiance that we've come to expect from the British-based Hammer Film Company. It's shot in letterbox and the color saturation is most pleasing, as it punctuates the impressiveness of all the Egyptian sets and icons.
The story, conveyed somewhat in retrospect, is that of a British expedition that unearths a tomb in which is found a perfectly-preserved princess (or "mummy" for this one), except that her hand has been lobbed off and the disembodied hand has a nice ring on one finger. The expedition falls under a bit of a curse (always bad to open these sacred tombs) and these paranoid tomb-raiders ultimately disband and scatter like dried leaves in the Autumn. But when the expedition leader gives his daughter the ring, which he conveniently cobbed from the tomb, the trouble really begins.
The large ring's stone has imbedded within it a star alignment (which looks amazingly like The Big Dipper!) and that star alignment is, of course, when the reincarnation of the Princess is to begin. And did I mention that this gal who got the ring looks EXACTLY like the Egyptian Princess? It's so and the original expedition members begin to fall like flies when she subsequently visits them.
There aren't any heavyweight actors in this film but I was pleased to see Aubrey Morris (as Dr. Putnam) who also played the birdwatcher ("Quince") in a great old B&W Avengers Episode, "Silent Dust". Morris was a fine actor and, albeit his role is a small one here, his toothy performance adds to the film's overall appeal.
In the larger picture, the sets and locations are terrific in this film and the casting is spot-on. The film doesn't drag anywhere and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. It's one that fans of older horror films will enjoy watching over and over.