Blood From the Mummy's Tomb

Starring: Andrew Keir and Valerie Leon
Warner Home Video
RRP: 7.99
Certificate: 18
Available 11 October 2004

Julian Fuchs returns from Egypt and recreates the tomb he discovered there in the basement of his residence. Taking pride of place is the evil Queen Tera's sarcophagus. An exact alignment of the stars means that at the precise moment the perfectly preserved Queen's body was uncovered, Fuchs' wife gave birth Margaret, Tera's reincarnated soul. There is an attempt to assemble the original expedition team, but one is too scared to talk and another is in a psychiatric hospital. Even Fuchs falls into a coma. The only one left is Corbeck, and he plans to revive the evil queen using Margaret, and to learn her ancient secrets and powers.

Blood From The Mummy's Tomb from 1971 is based on the Bram Stoker novel Jewel of the Seven Stars. It's not a particularly good adaptation of the story, mainly because the basic plotline could easily fit into an hour. Here there's the impression of too much running around and returning to locations already played out. Although obviously padded it does have some nice moments and shouldn't detract from the fact that this is a low-key film. It succeeds in what it sets out to do, but don't expect too much action or excitement.

The drawback to having two opposite characters played by the same actress back in an age before computer generation and other film trickery is that only one of them appears on screen at a time. Margaret looking down on the body of Queen Tera, and particularly the two of them fighting, proves quite amusing as the camera angle changes so many times you'll either be completely dizzy or convinced there's only one person present, which in a sense is true.

The ambiguity at the conclusion of the film is probably one of the best things about it. Unless you're an avid collector, give this one a miss.

Ty Power

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