“Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” is a loosely adapted from Bram Stoker’s 1903 novel “The Jewel of Seven Stars“… It tells the story of a young woman named Margaret Trelawney, who discovers she is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian queen named Tera.
The novel begins with Ross and his friend Dr. Winchester visiting Trelawny’s home, where they find the Egyptologist in a comatose state. They soon discover that Trelawny had been obsessed with the ancient Egyptian queen Tera and had been attempting to revive her using the Jewel of Seven Stars, a powerful and cursed artifact.
As Ross delves deeper into Trelawny’s research, he becomes increasingly drawn into the world of ancient Egypt and its dark magic. He also falls in love with Trelawny’s daughter, Margaret, who bears a striking resemblance to the long-dead queen Tera.
As the story unfolds, Ross and Margaret find themselves in grave danger, facing off against the malevolent forces of ancient Egypt and the power of the Jewel of Seven Stars. Along the way, they are aided by Dr. Winchester and a cast of other characters but must ultimately rely on their own wits and courage to survive.
The novel is known for its eerie atmosphere, vivid descriptions of ancient Egyptian mythology, and its exploration of themes such as reincarnation, power, and the dangers of unlocking ancient knowledge. It has been adapted into several films, including a silent movie in 1915, a Hammer Horror production in 1971 and a made-for-TV movie in 2006.
The 1971 film adaptation of “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” is a British horror movie directed by Seth Holt and produced by Hammer Film Productions. The movie stars Valerie Leon, Andrew Keir, and James Villiers, among others.
The film follows the basic plot of the novel, with Margaret Fuchs (played by Leon) discovering that she is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian queen named Tera. As she begins to explore her powers, she becomes possessed by Tera’s spirit and sets out to exact her revenge on those who wronged her in the past.
The movie is known for its atmospheric visuals, including stunning shots of ancient Egypt and some gruesome scenes involving the mummy of Tera. It also features strong performances from the cast, particularly Valerie Leon in the lead role.
“Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” is considered to be a classic example of British horror cinema and is well-regarded by fans of the genre. It remains a popular film among horror fans and has been released on DVD and Blu-ray in various editions over the years. There is only one thing that I would change about this film… I would make the Mummy a desiccated corps in the present, instead of just the spitting image of the lead character. I get why they did it the way they did, but I would be more fun if there were a bit of mystery within the film’s fictious world as to the connection between Valerie’s character and the mummy of Tera.