Celebrating Valerie Leon’s Bloody Shocktober!
I came across a classic Hammer horror film from the early 70’s and was mesmerized by the star, Valerie Leon!
Shocktober Day #28 has a closer look at Valerie and her Hammer Horror gem from the 70’s!
This British Actress got her start as a chorus girl – and appeared with Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl” at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End – not a bad start to the business!
She appeared in the film “Zeta One” in 1969, but it was in the 1971 Hammer horror film “Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb” that she really became a star!
Leon had a dual starring role, as a reincarnated Egyptian queen.
Here is the IMDB summary of the film:
An archaeological expedition brings back to London the coffin of an Egyptian queen known for her magical powers. Her spirit returns in the form of a young girl and strange things start to happen.
The film was one of Hammer’s great 70’s films that offered a more erotic take on traditional horror…check out the vintage movie trailer:
Hammer horror films from this era hold up well…historical horror with plenty of moderns touches like nudity and blood, which were unusual for traditional British horror at the time…
These vintage posters showcase the gothic nature of the film – and Leon was absolutely mesmerizing on screen, and look at these costumes!
She also appeared in the British sex comedy “Can You Keep It Up For A Week?” The film was one of those “nudge nudge wink wink” films that the British seemed to love in the 70’s…
If you want to see more of Valerie in these sex comedies – and find out how she ended up being a “Bond Girl” with TWO different 007’s, click on my story here:
Valerie was one of many “Cult Horror Queens” from the early 70’s…another was Ann Michelle, who was “The Virgin Witch!”
You can click here to see much much more of Ann:
In the 80’s, a new era of horror Queen emerged, thanks in part like phone calls like this from Freddy Kruger:
Heather Langenkamp starred in several Freddy Kruger horror films, click here to see the trailers:
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Let me know how many of Valerie’s films you’ve seen and bravo to her on a great career!