Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film  |   Release Date - Oct 14, 1971 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Brian J. Dillard

The death of original director Seth Holt forced Michael Carreras to step in partway through the production of this 1971 Hammer horror outing. Nonetheless, Blood From the Mummy's Tomb exhibits a glamorous style and a creepy atmosphere that remain consistent throughout the film's brisk running time. Despite its title, the picture offers little in the way of bandaged, shambling boogeymen. Instead, Holt and Carreras focus in on spooky detail shots of darkened corners, Egyptian artifacts and a particularly memorable severed hand. More of a suspense outing than an all-out horror flick, the film offers neither special-effects thrills nor truly unsettling moments of terror. But its atmosphere of creeping dread and its quaint Swinging London update of Edwardian motifs mark it as a memorable exercise in style. The gorgeous Valerie Leon proves worthy of a rare starring role as the archaeologist's daughter possessed by the spirit of a murdered Egyptian queen. Despite being surrounded by various archetypes of British manhood, the glamorous starlet walks away with the picture.