Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)
Director: Seth Holt
Main Stars: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers
Storyline: The frightening power of Queen Tera haunts after her death from her tomb.
Review (Spoils): A group of Egyptologists discover a long lost tomb of an evil queen named Queen Tera (Valerie Leon). The leader of the discovery, Professor Julian Fuchs (Andrew Keir ) daughter Margaret (Valerie Leon) has nightmares over the expeditions and he presents her a ruby ring of the lost queen. When he does this he notices the closeness resembles of the dead queen and his daughter (including the breasts). What they do not know is when Margaret places the ring on the spirit of the evil queen has entered her body and people start to die.
This film bring us some of the classic Hammer erotic women and costumes, a severed hand, a larger than life ruby ring, the breasts of Margaret, some blood, a ritual of the queen and some of the same breasts but from Queen Tera. This film could of been scripted better as I found the film very slow and there was nothing really that stood out except for the breasts of Valerie Leon.
Rating: This was a very slow paced Hammer film which could have been a whole lot more. Originally a Bram Stoker’s novel I was expecting a lot more haunting terror not just a severed hand.
Dracula : Prince of Darknes (1966)
Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Suzan Farmer, Philip Latham
Storyline: Two couples get stranded and a mysterious horse and coach picks them up. The coach arrives to Count Dracula’s castle where his loyal servant Klove hopes to resurrect the prince of darkness.
Review (spoils): Leading as a sequel to Hammer Films Horror of Dracula we have this fine gem. Two young couples get stranded in the gothic land near Count Dracula’s castle and his mad loyal servant Klove (Philip Latham) brings them to the castle as guests. Klove kills one of the gentleman and hangs him over the vampire’s coffin and slits his throat and the blood resurrects Dracula (Christopher Lee) once again. We have great acting and lots of red blood in this one. Dracula has no real lines in this film but he still at his greatness that Christopher Lee can do. We have throats slits, bites, stakes, fly eating and even the death of Dracula as they play the history of the free of running water (he dies in a collapse into the water underneath the castle). The Kolve character alone in this film is great as he plays the madman who wants the prince of darkness to rise again!
Rating: I would have to say this film is a good if not better than Horror of Dracula. The storyline is strong and yet again this is one of Hammer’s best.