THE TOMB (1986) Reviews and overview

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The Tomb is a 1986 American action horror film directed by Fred Olen Ray (The Alien DeadSuper SharkThe film is loosely based on the novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker.

The movie stars John Carradine, Cameron Mitchell, Sybil Danning, Michelle Bauer, Kitten Natividad.


A tomb robber steals precious artefacts from an unmarked Egyptian tomb, selling them to different archaeologists in America, unaware of the immortal woman whose tomb he desecrated. She comes to America to exact her revenge…


“The film is dully directed and uninteresting on almost all levels. Fred Olen Ray does a poor job of trying to convince he has shot on location in Egypt – there is a brief shot of the pyramids that then laughably cuts to a scene of a scrub-covered hillside, which is supposed to be the entrance to the tomb and does not in the slightest suggest is desert terrain.” Moria

“With a disheartening lack of interesting characters or plot developments, The Tomb starts out blandly and then proceeds to circle the drain until the ridiculously improbable ending. It never really reaches transcendent badness, though; it only hovers somewhere below mediocre. Recommended only for Sybil Danning completists and/or fans of Kitten Natividad.” Sacrifice Prawn’s Bitter Dregs

“There’s certainly way too much talking in the first 40 minutes alone for a film populated by incompetent newbies and tired has-beens. The editing is sloppy as hell and the narrative has no flow at all. The only thing I didn’t detest about this film was the unsubtle, extremely campy performance by Michelle Bauer.” Shameless Self Expression

” …it suffers due to a low budget but Ray’s enthusiastic, never-say-die spirit keeps things moving right along.  With most of the top-billed actors only appearing in a scene or two, the movie belongs to Bauer and she does the most that she can with her role, tearing apart hearts and swearing vengeance with real gusto.” Through the Shattered Lens

The Tomb finds Fred Olen Ray trying to break away from his usual nonsense and make a “real” movie. The finished film lands somewhere in between. Ray gives us a pretty cool slow-motion nightclub sequence (backed by a great soundtrack) and some of the deaths are decent. However, the high priestess’ powers are inconsistent.” The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:

Cameron Mitchell … Doctor Howard Phillips
John Carradine … Mr Andoheb
Sybil Danning … Jade
Suzy Stokey … Helen (as Susan Stokey)
Richard Hench … David Manners (as Richard Alan Hench)
Michelle Bauer … Nefratis
David O’Hara … John Banning (as David Pearson)
George Hoth … Doctor Stewart
Stu Weltman … Detective Sullivan
Frank McDonald … Officer Ullman
Victor von Wright … Detective
Jack Frankel … Doctor Manners
Peter Conway … Customs agent #1
Brad Arrington … Customs agent #2
Emanuel Shipow … Youssef
Craig Hamann … Tyler
Morrie Eisenman … Airport cabbie
Dawn Wildsmith … Anna Conda
Martin Nicholas … Janitor
Dutch Polder … Bar swinger
Michael Sonye … Waiter (as Michael D. Sonye)
Katina Garner … Old Nefratis
Kitten Natividad … Exotic dancer

Filming locations:

Iverson Ranch – 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

84 minutes
Audio: Mono

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