Jewel of the Mummy's Tomb

Valerie Leon in Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)

For many years Professor Julian Fuchs (Andrew Keir) and his team of archaeologists have been searching for the tomb of Queen Tera (Valerie Leon) who legend has it was murdered by the Egyptian priests but even in death has mysterious powers. After finding the tomb and discovering that Tera is perfectly preserved along with her severed hand inside a sarcophagus they transport it back home where Fuchs removes a large ruby ring from the severed hand and gives it to his daughter Margaret (Valerie Leon) for her birthday. It leads to a series of strange events as those who entered her tomb suffer fowl fates with Margaret appearing to be a channel for the Queen's Revenge.

For just a minute I want you to ignore "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb" as a movie and think of the storyline which sees a woman possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian Queen who seeks revenge on those who desecrated her sacred tomb. Whilst I have come across other horror movies which have used a similar idea I like the basic idea as it has plenty of potential to deliver horror and drama. It is not surprising either as the basic storyline comes from a Bram Stoker novel.

But "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb" is a 1970s Hammer Horror production and whilst it does an okay job of telling the story it again feels like another 70s horror movie which had turned to titillation as its main form of entertainment. For example in the opening scene we witness the priests chopping of the hand of Queen Tera and tossing it to the dogs but the most memorable thing is that Valerie Leon has a killer body with her modesty just protected thanks to a jewelled bikini. Okay so there are some horror scenes including the Queen's still bleeding limb but none of it is that scary or entertaining and it is the sight of Valerie Leon in lingerie which is more memorable than what happens.

What this all boils down to is that whilst the story behind "Blood from the Mummy's Tomb" could have made for a good horror movie this one jut ends up a typical 70s Hammer Horror production. As such the focus is as much on the voluptuous nature of its star, Valerie Leon, as it is on the story of an Egyptian queen possessing a woman after her tomb is desecrated.

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