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Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)
"La noche del terror ciego" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  February 1973 (USA)
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In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices. Executed for their unholy ... See full summary »

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Roger Whelan
María Elena Arpón ...
Virginia White (as Helen Harp)
José Thelman ...
Pedro Candal (as Joseph Thelman)
Rufino Inglés ...
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Verónica Llimera ...
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In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices. Executed for their unholy deeds, the Templars bodies were left out for the crows to peck out their eyes. Now, in modern day Portugal, a group of people stumble on the Templars abandoned monastery, reviving their rotting corpses to terrorize the land. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Mark of the Devil Part V: Night of the Blind Terror  »

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Some distributors in the U.S. re-cut and released "La Noche del terror ciego" with the title "Revenge from Planet Ape" in an effort to capitalize on the success of the Planet of the Apes (1968). A prologue was added in this cut version to make a dubious connection between the two films. The prologue explains that 3000 years ago a simian civilization of super intelligent apes struggled with man to gain control of the planet. In the end man conquered ape after a brutal battle which saw him destroy the ape, his culture and society. After this battle man tortured and killed all the ape prisoners by piercing their eyes with a red hot pokers. One of the prisoners, who was also the leader of the apes, vowed they would return from the dead to avenge man's brutality at a point in time before man destroyed Earth himself. This alternate prologue is available for viewing on the Blue-Underground DVD release. See more »

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During the films intro titles, the camera is looking around the "abandoned" ruins of the Templars monastery. In one shot, a van with a ladder strapped to its roof-rack can be seen going across a bridge in the background, at the top of the picture. See more »

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A true Spanish exploitation highlight!
20 April 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love… love… LOVE these seventies eurohorror-flicks! And Amando De Ossorio's Tomb of the Blind Dead is one of the purest efforts this sub-genre brought forward… You may expect foxy ladies, raw cinematography, creepy musical guidance and some slightly perverted undertones. The basic plot involves a creepy Spanish myth of devil-worshiping Templars who leave their tombs at night and dwell around the ruins of a deserted ghost town. The zombies look very filthy and they move in terrifying slow motion! The few sequences in which the blind dead (blind because their eyes were pecked out by crows) chase their victims on their doomed horses are brilliant and some of the most effective horror ever shown. Prepare yourself for a genuinely apocalyptic ending as well, one that'll leave you speechless!

Of course, the film is filled with improbabilities and some immense structure holes, but De Ossorio's ingenious visions are so surprising that you easily forgive him for this. Highly recommended!! Tombs of the Blind Dead may very well the best exploitation film I've seen so far, along with `Mark of the Devil' (German) and `Cannibal Man' (Spanish as well). Three sequels followed, but so far I haven't had the luck of tracking them down…


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