Watch: Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb 1971 123movies, Full Movie Online – On the night before her anniversary, Margaret Fuchs receives an ancient Egyptian ring with a red stone as a birthday gift from her father, Prof. Julian Fuchs. Margaret has frequent nightmares about an expedition in Egypt with five members, including her father, finding the tomb of Queen Tera, an evil sorcerer with a severed hand. The members collect the sarcophagus with a totally preserved mummy, the severed hand with the ring with a red stone, and three relics. Margaret is possessed by the spirit of Tera and chases the expedition members to retrieve the objects and gives life back to Tera..
Plot: Two Egyptologists, Professor Fuchs and Corbeck, are instrumental in unleashing unmitigated horror by bringing back to England the mummified body of Tara, the Egyptian Queen of Darkness. Fuchs’s daughter becomes involved in a series of macabre and terrifying incidents, powerless against the forces of darkness, directed by Corbeck, that are taking possession of her body and soul to fulfill the ancient prophesy that Queen Tara will be resurrected to continue her reign of unspeakable evil.
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An under-rated Hammer film from the latter period.
“Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb” is one of Hammers greatest films from the latter period. This film has a better than average screenplay and with some outstanding direction from Seth Holt in his final film. Andrew Keir and James Villiers share the acting honours but Valerie Leon does well in her dual characters.
This movie deserved better advertising when it went out on general release. It was released on the lower half of another Hammer horror film.
Given the slightly troubled production, it is a wonder “Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb” was made at all.
Peter Cushing leaving the production after only a days filming and Seth Holt suddenly dying about 10 days before the end of shooting,led everyone involved to believe their movie was cursed.
Michael Carraras finished the film himself after assuming directorial duties.
The end result is brilliant – a low key approach with only the necessary cast required, some fine photography and music all contribute to the film’s success.
The Mummy films were never Hammers best but this one is able to infuse the familiar Mummy story with something a bit more original.
Lesser Hammer but not bad Hammer
While Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb is far from terrible and has a number of good things, it really is not Hammer at its best. If anything it’s lesser Hammer, with enough to make it watchable but very much an uneven film and one where the troubled production shows.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, as ever with Hammer, is a good-looking film. Not their best-looking, mind you, sometimes like with some overly-bright lighting and tacky sets towards the end the low-budget does show but the photography is superbly eerie and rich in colour, the editing is tight and the sets and relics generally are suitably exotic and macabre. The music score is creepy and stirring, complementing the film very well. Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb also starts off well, with an eerie opening and some parts do have a menacing atmosphere and a deliciously ironic touch, you do wish that that was sustained throughout the entire film but while it is frustrating that it does peter out Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb thankfully is not completely inept and has its atmospheric moments.
Performances vary, with only three being good. Those three are James Villiers, Andrew Keir and Rosalie Crutchley. Of those three, if I were to choose who gave the best performance, my answer would be Villiers, who is terrifyingly unscrupulous and is clearly enjoying himself while still being careful not to dominate the film too much and being out of kilter. Keir is memorably astute and sympathetic and Crutchley gives charming, seasoned support.
Valerie Leon, in terms of her overall performance, is serviceable but not great; she is rather wooden and expressionless as Margaret but as Terra she does make quite possibly the sultriest Mummy ever on film with her exquisitely exotic looks and killer cleavage. A lot of her dubbed line delivery however comes over as detached and without much feeling which takes away from the performance. The rest of the cast are only so-so at best, and a stronger script and better written characters would have helped matters. The script has moments but most of the time sounds very awkward and underdeveloped, also not developing the characters well at all. The characters are very stock in fact and the way they believe comes over as confused and all over the place, the worst case being with Leon’s dual role where a lot of her motivations don’t make sense and the way she behaves almost erratic.
Despite starting off well, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb peters out. The story was initially intriguing with some menacing and ironic atmosphere, but for most of the time it dragged badly with a lot of filler talk and nowhere near enough suspense or sense of dread, so everything just became dull, dry and a mess of static interaction and all-over-the-place character motivations which made the film hard to follow at times. The direction is on one half technically accomplished and allows the atmosphere to speak, and on the other half it’s only competent at best and often hackneyed and pedestrian, the film had two directors and it feels it.
Overall, watchable but very much a lesser Hammer effort. 5/10 Bethany Cox
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Director Seth Holt, Michael Carreras
Writer Christopher Wicking, Bram Stoker
Actors Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm