BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB
Director - Seth Holt & Michael Carreras, Screenplay - Christopher Wicking,
Based on the novel Jewel Of The Seven Stars by Bram Stoker,
Cinematography - Arthur Grant, Music - Tristram Cary, Makeup - Eddie
Knight, Production design - Scott MacGregor, Special effects - Michael
Collins. Hammer. 1971.
Cast: Andrew Keir (Prof. Julian Fuchs), Valerie Leon (Margaret Fuchs/Queen
Tera), James Villiers (Corbeck), Hugh Burden (Geoffrey Dandridge),
George Coulouris (Prof. Berrigan), Mark Edwards (Tod Browning) Rosalie
Crutchley (Helen Dickerson)
The story has Professor Julian Fuchs, an archaeologist, discovering the
tomb of Tera, who centuries earlier had been an evil queen in Egypt.
Told in flashback, we learn that her hand was severed at the wrist and
on that hand, she wote a large Ruby ring. According to the legend, that
ring gave Tera her mystical evil powers. Tera was sealed up in her tomb
until Fuchs had re-opened it
Professor Fuchs leaves the ring with his daughter, Margaret, (played by
Valerie Leon, who also played Queen Tera) for safety. The spiritual
form of Tera possesses Margaret, and under the queen’s powers, Margaret
destroys those who desecrated the tomb and recovers her jewels.
In the climax of the film, Margaret, physically attempts to resuscitate
Tera’s unholy remains by reading rhe Scroll of Life and by performing a
ritual. She conjures up several demons from Egyptian history. Her corpse
collapses to dust, which means that either Margaret was unsuccessful in
her attempt to revive Tera, or that the evil Queen was successful in
surviving the ritual and now lives within Margaret’s body. The film
leaves it up to the audience to decide.