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Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

La noche del terror ciego (original title)
PG | | Horror | February 1973 (USA)
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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María Elena Arpón ...
Virginia White (as Helen Harp)
José Thelman ...
Pedro Candal (as Joseph Thelman)
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Insp. Oliveira
Verónica Llimerá ...
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Simón Arriaga ...
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Francisco Sanz ...
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Juan Cortés ...
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Andrés Isbert
Antonio Orengo ...
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José Camoiras
María Silva ...
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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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Trivia

The blind dead are never referred to as "Templar Knights" or "Caballeros Templarios" in the original Spanish language version. They are referred to as "los Guerreros de Oriente" ("The Warriors from the Orient"). 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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Referenced in Les raisins de la mort (1978) See more »

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An absolute classic
3 June 2005 | by (Illinoize) – See all my reviews

For my money, this was the best horror movie to come out of Europe in the 70's. Sure, you had plenty of good giallos, but the antagonists in those were strictly human. "Tombs", though, gives monster lovers what they really want...some of the creepiest ghouls ever seen.

Director Amando DeOssorio really understands the nature of horror. The crawling fear of a medieval graveyard at night. The inexorable terror of being stalked by the dead. The unbelieving despair of knowing you will be slashed and drained by blind zombies from hell! The scene where the Templars arise from their tombs oozes bone-freezing atmosphere. When they chase the plucky heroine (who even steals one of their demon steeds)across a moonlit plain, the movie transcends itself to become true art.

The final scene is one of the most appalling things I've seen. It is just utterly morbid horror. The fate of a little girl will fill you with fear and disgust. It's extremely disturbing to watch because the girl's reactions are authentic, not acting.

There are stiff characters and silly dialogue here, but all that pales into insignificance compared to the overwhelming aura of evil and creeping horror that De Ossorio conjures here. There were three sequels but the original is the best. If you are looking for real horror, not video game gore, start right here!


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