DIRECTOR– Seth Holt
PLOT– After a professor (Andrew Keir) and his team of archeologists discover an ancient Egyptian evil queen’s mummy, his daughter (Valerie Leon), who is the queen’s doppelgänger, becomes increasingly obsessed with resurrecting the mummy.
5 REASONS TO WATCH–
- hawwwt pharaohs
- fresh dog food
- swinging bachelor archeologists
- swapping hairy bananas
- Mummy boobs
REVIEW– Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb is a high mark for Hammer Studios. Starring the stunning Valerie Leon, it’s a fast-paced 94 minutes of Egyptian mummy fun (although, the mummy doesn’t really do anything except lay there looking fabulous until the final seconds of the film). Set in the swinging ’70s of London, the movie feels groovy and atmospheric all at the same time. Sure, the special effects are not very special. But who watches a Hammer film for that? We watch it for the period-specific ambiance, the beautiful cinematography, the great sets, the dynamic score, and the sultry women.
And, oh boy! They do not come much more sultry that Valerie Leon.
A veteran Bond Girl from The Spy Who Loved Me and Never Say Never Again, Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb was well before either of those films. But you can see why Albert Broccoli, the late producer of the Bond franchise, decided to cast Me. Leon.
Overall, it’s a highly enjoyable movie. And apart from a wildly silly fatal car crash involving a stationary car, it has the usual extremely high Hammer Studios production standards.
FAULTY FACT- The part of Doctor Putnam in Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb is played by one of our favorites… the wonderful actor Aubrey Morris. Mr. Morris, who died in 2015, worked continuously as an actor since the late ’40s.
Almost always, his characters were eccentric and just a little strange. From the memorably creepy Mr. Deltoid in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange to the mousy Chesterton in HBO’s fabulous series Deadwood. His characters always seemed to be one of the more memorable in every production he was in.