Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

35mm film, Technicolor
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Seth Holt and Michael Carreras, who took over when Holt collapsed on set and died of a heart attack five weeks into the shoot. Peter Cushing was originally cast in the lead role but left after only one day's filming when his wife was diagnosed with emphysema. It was the fourth of Hammer Film Productions' mummy films though it was otherwise unrelated to the other films in the series and barely features a mummy at all.

Plot Summary

An obsessed Egyptologist desecrates the tomb of Queen Tera, discovering the mummified remains at precisely the moment his wife dies in childbirth. Many years later, daughter Margaret, a dead ringer for Tera, is given a ring taken from Tera's disembodied hand and becomes possessed by the dead queen's malevolent spirit. As members of the doomed expedition start to die, Margaret/Tera reassembles the relics stolen from her tomb and prepares for her rebirth.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Seth Holt; Michael Carreras *
© MCMLXXI [1971] Hammer Film Productions Limited
A Hammer production
Produced by: Howard Brandy
Production Manager: Christopher Neame
Production Supervisor: Roy Skeggs
Screenplay by: Christopher Wicking
Based on the novel Jewel of the Seven Stars by Bram Stoker
2nd Unit Director: Christopher Neame *
Assistant Director: Derek Whitehurst
2nd Assistant Director: Lindsey C. Vickers *
3rd Assistant Director: Michael Murray *
Continuity: Betty Harley
Director of Photography: Arthur Grant
Camera Operator: Neil Binney
Focus Puller: Bob Jordan *
Clapper/Loader: Roddy Barron *
Grip: Peter Woods *
Electrical Supervisor: Sid Wainwright *
Chargehand Electrician: Jack Collins *
Stills: Ronnie Pilgrim *, John Jay *
Editor: Peter Weatherly
1st Assistant Editor: Ean Wood *
2nd Assistant Editor: Barry Pattison *
Assistant Editor: Sue Collins *
Music Composed by: Tristram Cary
Musical Supervisor: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Tony Dawe
Boom Operator: Mike Silverlock *
Sound Camera Operator: Jack Harris *
Sound Maintenance: Danny Grimmel *
Sound Editor: Roy Hyde
Recording Director: Tony Lumkin [real name: A.W. Lumkin]
Dubbing Mixer: Dennis Whitlock
RCA Sound System
Wardrobe Supervisor: Rosemary Burrows
Wardrobe Mistress: Diane Jones
Make-Up Supervisor: Eddie Knight
Assistant Make-up: Peter Robb-King *
Hairdressing Supervisor: Ivy Emmerton
Special Effects: Michael Collins
Designer: Scott McGregor
Assistant Art Director: Don Picton
Production Buyer: E.G. Rodgrigo *
Props: Wally Hockings *
Standby Props: Joe Dipple *
Chargehand Dressing Props: Johnny Whatling *, Brian Wheeler *
Standby Carpenter: P. Engel *
Standby Painter: W. McCarthy *
Draughtsman: Anthony Baines *
Construction Manager: Bill Greene
Scenic Artists: Bill Beavis *, Yvonne Delaney *
Stagehand: G. Taylor *
Production Accountant: Ken Gordon *
Assistant Production Accountant: Stuart King *
Producer's Secretary: Christina Every
Runners: Phil Campbell *, Bryan Reynolds *
Print Boy: Jimmy Carreras *
Publicity: Hugh Samson *
Poster: Mike Vaughan *
Drivers: George Wright *, Brian Stack *
Made at: EMI/MGM Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, England
Stand-in for Valerie Leon: Sarah Mathiesen *
Stand-in for James Villiers: Ed McMullen *
Stunt Double for Aubrey Moris: Colin Skeaping *
Casting: James Liggatt *

Andrew Keir ([Professor Julian] Fuchs)
Valerie Leon (Margaret/[Queen] Tera)
James Villiers (Corbeck)
Hugh Burden (Danbridge)
George Coulouris (Berigan)
Aubrey Morris (Doctor Putnam)
Rosalie Crutchley (Helen Dickerson)
Joan Young (Mrs Caporal)
David Markham (Doctor Burgess)
James Cossins (older male nurse)
Jonathan Burn (Saturnine young man)
Mark Edwards (Tod Browning)
David Jackson (young male nurse)
Graham James (youth in museum)
Tamara Ustinov (Veronica)
Penelope Holt, Angela Ginders (nurses)
Tex Fuller (patient)
Madina Luis, Omar Amoodi, Abdul Kader, Oscar Charles, Ahmed Osman, Soltan Lalani, Saad Ghazi (priests)
Sunbronze Danny Boy (Tod's cat)
Harry Fielder [local man] *
Olive Gregg [voice of Margaret] *

Cast Gallery

Alternative Titles

Blod från mumiens grav – Swedish title
Bloed uit de Grafkelder – Dutch title
Exorcismus – Cleo, la dea dell'amore – Italian title
Das Grab der blutigen Mumie – German title
Sangre en la tumba de la momia – Spanish title
O Túmulo de Sangue – Portugese title

See also
The Awakening (1980)
Legend of the Mummy (1997)

Extracts included in
The World of Hammer: Lands Before Time (1994)
The World of Hammer: Mummies, Werewolves & the Living Dead (1994)

Production Notes

The film had its world world premiere at the National Film Theatre in London on 7 October 1971, the same date it was shown to the press Metro House. Four days later it was registered at the Department of Trade and Industry, number BR/E 35735/16/10/76 before getting its US release in May 1972.


Today's Cinema no.9948 (15 October 1971) p.9
“This is the real thing, satisfyingly devoid of a contrived happy ending or nambypamby explanations that Tera's power is only a mass hypnosis brought on by the power of auto-suggestion. It is the audience that succumbs to mass hypnosis as Seth Holt performs the Indian Rope Trick of convincing us that we have seen more ghastly sights than we actually have. Throats torn out there are a-plenty, but they remain on the screen scarcely longer than it takes to blink. The authentic horror lies in the inexorably mounting tension as the plot unfolds, in scenes where the power of evil manifests itself as a malevolent poltergeist, and in the reflection of terror we see in the eyes of the victims.”

Radio Times 22 December 1984-4 January 1985 p.29
“Clotted but fascinating Hammer attempt to shake the mould from a cheesy genre” – from a review by Geoff Brown


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The Dark Side no.206 (2019) pp.42-48 – illustrated article (The Wicking man by Christopher Koetting)
Dark Terrors no.11 p.47 – review
Filmfacts vol.15 (1972) pp.146-148 – reprinted reviews
Films and Filming vol.18 no.4 (January 1972) p.62 – credits, review
Flesh and Blood no.2 pp.27-28 – illustrated review, credits
Hammer Complete: The films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.59-63 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
The House That Hammer Built no.8 (April 1998) pp.411-413 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Kine Weekly no.3300 (9 January 1971) p.12 – credits
Little Shoppe of Horrors 12 p.36 – note
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.454 (November 1971) p.216 – credits, synopsis, review
Radio Times 22 December 1984-4 January 1985 pp.29; 36 – review (by Geoff Brown); credits
Today's Cinema no.9873 (19 January 1971) p.8 – credits
Today's Cinema no.9940 (17 September 1971) p.2 – illustrated note (Mummy was never like this)
Today's Cinema no.9948 (15 October 1971) p.9 – review
Today's Cinema no.9942 (24 September 1971) p.11 – note (Trade shows); note (Tribute to Hammer)
Today's Cinema no.9948 (15 October 1971) p.9 – credits, review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
Today's Cinema no.9952 (29 October 1971) p.15 – Department of Trade and Industry registration details
Variety 3 September 1986 p.114 – note
Variety 27 October 1971 p.18 – review
Video Junkie no.1 p.22 – review

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by Walt Lee p.41 – credits
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