Friday, May 14, 2010
Blood From The Mummy's Tomb - 2.5/5
Based on the novel Jewel of the Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, Blood from the Mummy's tomb has a group of egyptologists (is that even a proper term?) enter into a cursed tomb (well that's standard mummy stuff if you ask me!) and uncover a mummy of a beautiful Egyptian princess who is perfectly preserved as if she is sleeping. Once the group entered the tomb, the wife of the leader of the expedition suddenly gave birth to a young girl who looks exactly like the mummy princess. The girl grows only to have terrible dreams of the princess. Along with some mumbo-jumbo about the big dipper star constilation, it seems the princess wants to use the girl's body as a vessel to come back to the land of the living.
I applaud hammer for trying something different. Though I enjoy the first three shambling mummy movies for what they are, it was time to attempt to try something different in the series even if the attempt was not that full-filling. The film has some great atmosphere and camera work (a shot down an asylum corridor blew my mind!) but the film is slow without any characters to capture your interest except for our main actress's striking good looks and enormous cleavage. To be honest I didn't give a damn what happened to any of them. The film also was plagued with many production problems. Hammer regular Peter Cushing was originally cast in the film and only shot one day before having to pull out due to news of his wife failing deathly ill. The director Seth Holt also died of a heart attack on set with only one more week left to shoot.
Horror fans going into this film expecting a killer mummy are going to come out disappointed. This no doubt mixed with the rather meandering, unfocused plot lead to the film's failure at the box office and being forgot about for years to come. The film however is gathering a small cult crowd because it was mummy movie that was different and that I have to give it respect for.
Written By Eric Reifschneider