3/18/11

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) Review

A Severed Hand Beckons from an Open Grave!

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb
I was going to review Vampire Circus but I don't want to feature too many vampire films during Hammer Horror Week so in its stead, I'm going to showcase this bore known as Blood from the Mummy's Tomb.  This film is an adaptation of one of Bram Stoker's lesser known works called "The Jewel of Seven Stars" and had the potential to be a decent film but was "cursed" from the beginning. Peter Cushing was originally cast as Professor Fuchs but had to back out after a day of shooting to be with his wife who had just been diagnosed with emphysema.  Then, the director Seth Holt died of a heart attack five weeks into filming. 

The film begins in ancient Egypt with a beautiful and voluptuous queen on her back and surrounded by priests.  Get your mind out of the gutter.  They're killing her because apparently she's evil.  For good measure they cut off her hand and toss it aside so that her body is not complete and she cannot regain her magical powers.  It crawls away and single handedly takes out an entire pack of wild dogs... or maybe they were supposed to be jackals or something.  I don't  know.

Thousands of years later, a British archaeological expedition led by Professor Fuchs uncovers the tomb of this handless beauty and the group decides the best thing to do is to hide the perfectly preserved body from the academic world by sneaking it out of Egypt and storing it in Fuch's basement.  The strange part of all this is that Fuch's daughter was born in England at the exact time that he and his explorers discovered the tomb of Queen Tera, and then this little baby girl grew up to look exactly like the evil Egyptian queen.  But it gets even stranger.  The members of the expedition begin dying and not from old age.  Their throats are being ripped out by an unseen killer.  What could possibly be going on?  Certainly an ancient mummy queen couldn't be possessing this busty young woman and killing these graying archaeologists.

Insert pearl necklace joke here.
The best part of this movie is Valerie Leon's cleavage.  It's on display throughout the film but alas, a full topless scene never materializes.  The movie is slow and predictable and perhaps Peter Cushing could have kicked up the intensity if he had been in it, but he wasn't.  Blood from the Mummy's Tomb isn't all bad.  The acting is still solid, the atmosphere is spooky like in all Hammer horror films and of course,  there's Valerie Leon's ample bosom.

Violence Rating/Index: 2 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 2 out of 5  




32 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

I never knew about the problems with Cushing and the director but it's a very watchable movie and as you said a great cleavage that I do remember:D

Erika said...

That picture of Valerie Leon... mmm.... me likey.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Lesser work indeed, I consider myself a Bram Stoker fan and I've never heard of "The Jewel of the Seven Stars" before. This movie looks pretty damn awesome, and not just for the under-boob in the picture.

Kicking Rocks said...

Valerie Leon's cleavage me like!!!!

Devon Davidson said...

Breasts make everything better so I guess that's why this movie is considered "acceptable".

D4 said...

"The best part of this movie is Valerie Leon's cleavage. It's on display throughout the film but alas, a full topless scene never materializes."

HISS!

Patti D. said...

nice movie, where do you get the time to watch all those movies?

thenitefalls said...

She's controlling her to control the whole world with her bosom

Rob said...

If anyone tries to sleep with the mummy chick, I hope that person remembers to wrap it!

Robert Fünf said...

Cleavage can improve any movie.

Araita said...

My goodness, is that chick the mummy? Well, she stays fit and healthy!

elexerdelex said...

The best part of this movie is Valerie Leon's cleavage
Wow now I'm really interested!

Laughing Vault said...

haha this one is awesome

GADAFINY said...

looks cool

Nigma said...

love this old flicks

A Beer for the Shower said...

I don't know who Valerie Leon is, but I want to see more... of her rack.

Jay.CA said...

i'm gonna watch this for the best parts. :)

Shutterbug said...

She is one good looking chick...

Alan said...

There's no topless scence? why?

ed said...

no topless? disappointing - still might check it out though

Rabidmoose said...

Cleavage can improve boring movies quite a bit.

WizWayne said...

hahahah yeah no topless wow omggg

Bubi said...

This movie looks good

Chris said...

Whats the booby rating on this one? I dont watch anything with a booby rating below 4

Electric Addict said...

lol cleavage.

Steven said...

Always like your writeups

DDX said...

After reading that, I'm going to have to seek this one out.

ankmanpro said...

Wow, with a rack like that, how can I not?

skinned sheep said...

your banner picture is awesome. haha. and the movies look good too! :p

Chip said...

look @ that milf, will definitely be renting this soon! :)

Patwa said...

looks nice ^^

Bersercules said...

This is totally the movie for me!!!

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