Halloween Havoc!: BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (AIP/Hammer 1971)

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Hammer’s ‘Mummy’ movies never really did it for me, but BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB is a shroud of a different colour. Adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel “The Jewel of the Seven Stars”, the movie suffered some behind the scenes setbacks, which contribute to its choppy nature. The backstage chaos began when original star Peter Cushing’s wife passed away after only a day’s filming. He was replaced by Andrew Keir (QUARTERMASS AND THE PIT). Then before shooting was complete, director Seth Holt (TASTE OF FEAR, THE NANNY) died of a heart attack, and Hammer veteran Michael Carreras had to step in to finish the film. Despite all this, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB is one of the better latter-day Hammers, picking up steam as it goes along, with a great performance by sexy star Valerie Leon.

Leon plays Margaret Fuchs, who was born the same day her father Professor Julian Fuchs…

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Trailers for Halloween, Part 2

For the second part of my three-part Halloween edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Trailers, I’ve chosen six trailers from the legendary library of Hammer films.  Enjoy!

1) Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

The Hammer Mummy films never get as much respect as the old Hammer Dracula and Frankenstein films.  This is mostly because the Mummy films tend to drag and the Mummy never quite had the charisma of a Christopher Lee or a Peter Cushing.  Still, mummies are pretty freaky.  I’d probably be more scared of them if I lived in an area with a larger concentration of archeological digs.

2) Taste The Blood of Dracula (1970)

I just happen to like the title of this one. 

3) Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

“Black Belt Vs. Black Magic!”

4) The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

The great Oliver Reed sets the standard by which all future werewolves in London will be judged.

5) Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

The title pretty much says it all.

6) Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

Again, the title pretty much says it all.