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February 1973 (USA) See more »
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Who are these unholy savages who hunt out their victims by sound alone? See more »
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In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal... See more » | Add synopsis »
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This zombie films mostly relies on atmosphere and suspense instead of gore and action See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Lone Fleming ... Betty Turner
César Burner ... Roger Whelan
María Elena Arpón ... Virginia White (as Helen Harp)
José Thelman ... Pedro Candal (as Joseph Thelman)
Rufino Inglés ... Insp. Oliveira
Verónica Llimera ... Nina
Simón Arriaga ... Morgue keeper
Francisco Sanz ... Prof. Candal (librarian)
Juan Cortés ... Coroner
Andrés Isbert
Antonio Orengo ... Train engineer
José Camoiras
María Silva ... Maria
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Britt Nichols ... Sacrificed maiden (uncredited)
Pedro Sempson ... Train engineer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Amando de Ossorio 
 
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Amando de Ossorio 
Jesús Navarro Carrión  additional dialogue

Produced by
José Antonio Pérez Giner .... executive producer
Salvadore Romero .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Antón García Abril 
 
Cinematography by
Pablo Ripoll 
 
Film Editing by
José Antonio Rojo 
 
Production Design by
Jaime Duarte De Brito 
 
Set Decoration by
Juan García 
 
Costume Design by
Humberto Cornejo 
 
Makeup Department
José Luis Campos .... makeup artist
Carmen Teran .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Manuel Amigo .... production manager
Victor Dacosta .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paulino González .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Rafael Ablanque .... assistant designer
Jaime Duarte De Brito .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Luis Castro .... sound effects
José María San Mateo .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
José Gómez Soria .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Félix Mirón .... camera operator: second unit
Luis Muñoz Alcolea .... assistant camera
Julio Wizuete .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Concepción Piño .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
L. Fernández Soria .... music editor
 
Other crew
Ramón Escribano .... production assistant
Ángela Escribano .... production secretary
Dick Randall .... English adaptor
José Sánchez .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"La noche del terror ciego" - Spain (original title)
"Mark of the Devil Part V: Night of the Blind Terror" - USA (video title)
"Mark of the Devil, Part 4: Tombs of the Blind Dead" - USA
"Revenge from Planet Ape" - USA (recut version)
"The Blind Dead" - USA
"The Night of the Blind Terror" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Tombs of the Evil Dead" - USA (reissue title)
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USA:86 min | Spain:101 min | Hungary:91 min (video version)
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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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Revealing mistakes: 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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
This zombie films mostly relies on atmosphere and suspense instead of gore and action, 10 May 2007
Author: Francisco Rotondi from Argentina

"La noche del teror ciego", tells the story of a legion of evil warriors who lived through the 13th century, known as the Templar Knights. These warriors wanted to live forever and the way to achieve that, was by drinking human blood and offering sacrifices to Satan. So The Templar Knights would gladly torture and use innocent maidens for their rituals and please their master. However, their atrocious deeds come to an end, when the Holy Inquisition decides to punish them, by hanging them in public. Several centuries later, in the 1970s, two girls named Virginia and Betty go on a trip together with a guy named Roger. After a pathetic soap opera incident, Virginia gets jealous of her friends and jumps off the train. Landing on a strange place, she finds shelter in some kind of forsaken fortress in ruins. Unfortunately, that place is also a shelter for some hideously frightening creatures that become alive during the nightfall until dawn. Those creatures are, in fact, the Templar Knights, who come back to life as zombies every night.

Director Armando de Ossorio didn't try to please a blood-thirsty audience that wanted brutal killings for an hour and a half. For the contrary, the body count may be humble, but "La noche del terror ciego" takes the zombie subgenre to a different level, in which the creatures are more dark, mysterious and frightening than gory and brutal. If you are a zombie lover, you're probably going to love this film and if you are not, you might be pleasantly surprised by this.

I have read on the message boards that there were a lot of gore lovers dissatisfied by the lack of blood and guts, but I think this film contains a pretty well-brought-up amount. My favorite scene in the entire movie is one in which one of the girls is trying to hide from the zombies. Since the zombies are blind, the girl stays in the same room with them and the only thing she can do to remain undetected, is staying absolutely quiet. But since she's so afraid and tense, her heart starts beating more and more quickly and all of a sudden, we see a close-up of her chest, pointing out that she's on the verge of either fainting or running for her life. The living dead knights hear those heartbeats and turn to the poor girl, who has no choice but finally running away in fear, trying to avoid the nightmarish creatures. This was perhaps one of the most atmospheric situations I have ever seen in a zombie flick. To be honest, most of the chasing sequences were practically faultless, but that one in particular had to be remarked. Reading the message boards, I also came across some people who also complained about a few unresolved questions like: "How could the zombies hear?", "Where did they get the horses?" "How come they were so strong if they were only skeletons?". The answer to all those questions could be: "this is a horror movie about living dead creatures and it's really not supposed to be realistic". To be honest, I think the zombies were more believable than the pointless lesbian story between the two girls, which didn't serve a purpose to the story. Then again, most couples in horror movies make no sense, anyway.

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