Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Tombs of the Blind Dead/Return of the Blind Dead|
Actors: Tony Kendall, Lone Fleming, César Burner, Fernando Sancho, Esperanza Roy
Director: Amando De Ossorio
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror
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W. Black | East Prairie, MO United States | 09/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"De Ossorio's masterpiece! Along with Naschy's werewolf movies, the Blind Dead films are the best that Spanish horror has to offer. These films have everything you could possibly want from Euro exploitation--zombies, lesbians, flesh-eating, nudity (did I mention there're lesbians?), and, of course, the Blind Dead their own bad selves. The plot concerns the Knights Templar, executed for withcraft and their eyes plucked by ravens, raising from the dead and doing the kind of stuff you've come to expect from satanic flesh-eating zombies. What sets these skeletal dead-heads apart from the legions of walking dead that have come before and since is that they carry swords, wear monk robes, ride horses, and have no eyes (duh). They find their prey by sound alone, and then it's hell to pay, baby!!!!This movie is lots and lots of fun. Too bad the other two films in the series aren't on DVD. A cut version of the 3rd film used to be available on video as Horror of the Zombies and can sometimes be found in bigger video stores--just be prepared to blow dust off the box. You might even find the fourth film, the great Night Of the Seagulls, uncut, under the title Mark Of The Devil 3. Good luck!!!And if you REALLY like this movie, the heavy metal band Cathederal has a song on one of their discs called "Night Of The Seagulls" about none other than our friends the Blind Dead. "We are the Blind Dead, we have no eyes inside our head..."If you REALLY, REALLY dig this freaky movie, check out Michael Soavi's film The Church to see more zombie versions of the Knights Templar (though with their eyes)."
Terrible. I love it.
M. Nichols | West Chester, OH United States | 07/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How thrilling it is to be an Anchor Bay fanatic! The finest in poorly dubbed, overly gory European horror in gorgeous DVD transfer! So bad it's good - and it doesn't get any worse than this double feature.
TOMBS... is the better of the two films by far, with the typical heroes and heroines doing the stupid things that get them in trouble. The real stars are the Templar zombies, cursed to ride in slow motion on zombie horses. They can't see, see? So being the blind dead, they find their victims through the sound of a heartbeat. There's a great hopeless ending and then you flip the disc.
I like the setting of RETURN... better than its predecessor, but it's basically the same film. The use of some of the same actors (some of whom died in the first) makes it a bit more tedious and the use of the same slow motion stock footage of the Templars riding adds to the feeling that you've just seen this film. And you have! Hell, it's Anchor Bay - you're probably not watching it unless it's two in the morning and you've had too much to drink, so it's all in good fun. The end of RETURN is dull and disappointing, though, and not nearly as satisfying as the end of TOMBS...
In summary, the worst of the worst; and coming from Anchor Bay that can only mean five stars."
See no evil?
Daniel A. Longworth | Las Vegas, NV | 12/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I caught TOTBD on Elvira's Movie Macabre back in the day and have loved it ever since. That should be all you need to know to understand how cheese-y the movie is (for you younger folks, this is the kind of movie you'd see lambasted on Mystery Science Theater 3000). Of course, it's tasty cheese and it has aged rather well.
The quality of this DVD presentation is very good; however, after paying around $30 when it first came out, I have seen this DVD offered much cheaper at brick and mortar locations in recent years. If you can't find a cheaper copy locally and absolutely must have one, I guess you'll have to bite the bullet and order here.
The movies hinge on the Knights Templar, who were actual, historical figures & the original proponents of the (European) War on Terror. Though they lost many battles throughout the Crusades, the Templars became so wealthy & consequently so powerful that they began to challenge the rule & authority of European monarchs. The monarchs eventually conspired against the Templars, charging them with heresy. Templar leaders were prosecuted & subsequently executed, causing the organization's dissolution. Though the heresy charges were largely false concoctions, the sordid allegations make for a much more interesting premise on which to build a horror movie.
To his credit, de Ossorio's decision to exploit the more diabolical aspects of Templar mythology pays off. The overall concept is brilliant, though it just begs to be remade with more money and better effects. The coolest, most unique features of TOTBD are the genuine, on-location castle ruins & the eerily undead Templars riding horseback in slo-mo. Conversely, it's most annoying & inexplicable how apparently in Spain day turns to night in a matter of about fifteen seconds and yet the dead of night looks just like noon! Watch it; you'll understand what I mean.
The movie has creep factor galore (one creep in particular being a leacherous, necrophile mortician's assistant), but few genuine scares. It's also subtitled, as I recall, so be warned.
Sadly, ROTBD is much less effective. Forsaking the castle ruins, the Blind Templars instead attack a neighboring village. The less creepy environs make for a less creepy movie. Still, if you're a fan of B horror movies (and why wouldn't you be?) this double feature is a great way to spend an evening. Even if it's an inexplicably sunny evening..."
Cult Classic Euro Zombie horror is a true classic
O. Khan | Cambridge, England United Kingdom | 02/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Old fashioned Euro horror absolutely dripping with wonderful Hammer-esque atmosphere. The cheesy acting only help add to the bizarre happenings on screen. There is a bit of titillation (no pun intended) thrown in just to give it that extra euro-trashy flavour....but its the Templar Zombies that rule...they are about as menacing and horrifying as Zombie's have ever been. Also outstanding is the haunting, chilling discordant soundtrack - very influential on stuff like The Omen which followed a few years later. The sequel on the flip side is a far weaker outing altogether.....now one can only hope that Anchor Bay get their hands on the next installment of Templar Terror. This is a must for genre fans......Portugal/Spain's very welcome contribution to the annals of Terror Movies. Epic Zombie stuff. The transfer is a touch hazy as can be expected of such a low budget film and one that is also fairly old. One sometimes has the impression that Elite's laser transfer was at least as good if not better."