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Hammer Studios always spiced up their horror offerings with sex and blood. This very late entry received a double dose of both. While likely not very appealing to younger audiences old horror fans like me will likely be pleased. Recently shown on Turner Classic Movies I'd never seen this film before.
Less than engaging Hammer Horror, although the modern setting has much to do with it as there's less ambiance to the story.
Though it has one or two moments that are genuinely creepy, along with dispensing from the usual bandaged wrapped shenanigans, this is a pretty uninvolving feature from Hammer, held together by occasional 'Bond Girl' Valerie Leon.
A Mummy movie that doesn't have the traditional rags-and-shags mummy, which at least makes this a little more refreshing after the other three films. But it isn't remarkable, the plot slows down fast, and the ending isn't anything surprising. Though the last moment is a fun gag.
Effective budget shocker with an interesting cast that make the most of this middle-of-the-road production. Taking its inspiration from Bram Stoker's other famous story (Jewel of the Seven Stars) the movie's story doesn't fill in all the blanks, mainly the relationship and back story to the archeological team. The cast is filled with quirky looking character actors, prime among them is Hugh Burden and Aubrey Morris (who also featured in 1997's Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy, based on the same story) wearing the most bizarre glasses this side of 1970's Elton John. Valerie Leon fills her role adequately. The direction tries to compensate for the lack of special FX with unique angles and camera tricks; it doesn't always impress but it gets the job done. The finale is a bit of a letdown although the final frame leaves the audience with a very good ambiguous ending. Kudos to a Leon's boyfriend being named Tod Browning (the director of 1931's Dracula).
first saw this verry stoned and loved it!
Silly story about an evil Egyptian mummy queen who possesses the daughter of an archeologist after he gives her the queen's ancient ring as a gift. The daughter, now possessed by Queen Tera, proceeded to hunt down the tomb hunters in modern day London in order to collect artifacts that will bring her back to life. So it's more of a possession story than a mummy going around and killing people. Outside of a sentient severed hand, this is a pretty weak Hammer Horror outing. Based on a Bram Stoker novel.
On the whole, it's not the most sophisticated thing Hammer ever made (it's a bit too bright, the makeup isn't very good, and there's a lot of repetition for just 93 minutes), and it's hard not to wish the same script had been made with a stronger overall cast, but it's moodier than it had reason to be, and brainier, too. Turns out that the only thing keeping mummy films from reaching their full potential as troubling stories of murder and psychosis were the mummies.
It's clearly a Hammer from the 70's as horror plays second fiddle for much of the run time after the very lovely Valerie Leon's boobs. There's a good deal of bloody necks and death here and it's all put together quite well considering the problems with production, but the plot is wafer thin and the movie is far from essential viewing bar that of Hammer fans.
A fine Hammer adaptation of the Bram Stoker The Jewel of Seven Stars featuring fine performances from Andrew Keir & Valerie Leon as the spirit of a long dead Egyptian queen inhabits a young girl. Featuring possibly the scariest scene with a plastic snake statue you are ever likely to see :)