Julian Fuchs returns from Egypt and recreates the tomb he
discovered there in the basement of his residence. Taking
pride of place is the evil Queen Tera's sarcophagus. An exact
alignment of the stars means that at the precise moment the
perfectly preserved Queen's body was uncovered, Fuchs' wife
gave birth Margaret, Tera's reincarnated soul. There is an
attempt to assemble the original expedition team, but one
is too scared to talk and another is in a psychiatric hospital.
Even Fuchs falls into a coma. The only one left is Corbeck,
and he plans to revive the evil queen using Margaret, and
to learn her ancient secrets and powers.
From The Mummy's Tomb
from 1971 is based on the Bram Stoker novel Jewel of the
Seven Stars. It's not a particularly good adaptation of
the story, mainly because the basic plotline could easily
fit into an hour. Here there's the impression of too much
running around and returning to locations already played out.
Although obviously padded it does have some nice moments and
shouldn't detract from the fact that this is a low-key film.
It succeeds in what it sets out to do, but don't expect too
much action or excitement.
drawback to having two opposite characters played by the same
actress back in an age before computer generation and other
film trickery is that only one of them appears on screen at
a time. Margaret looking down on the body of Queen Tera, and
particularly the two of them fighting, proves quite amusing
as the camera angle changes so many times you'll either be
completely dizzy or convinced there's only one person present,
which in a sense is true.
ambiguity at the conclusion of the film is probably one of
the best things about it. Unless you're an avid collector,
give this one a miss.
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