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La noche del terror ciego
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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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Creepy exploitation classic! See more (84 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Additional Details

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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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 »
Goofs:
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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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998)See more »

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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Creepy exploitation classic!, 9 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Despite a slow start, Amando de Ossorio's Tombs of the Blinddead soon picks up and morphs into the exploitation highlight that you were no doubt expecting going into it. Naturally, it's full of plot holes and dubious character decisions; but it doesn't matter, because it's Ossorio's story surrounding the knights, along with the terrifying spectacle of the Templars rising from their tombs that makes this film what it is. The intro to the film gives you an impression of what you're in for, as we glide through an ancient monastery. This creepy sequence is very much coherent with the style of this film. Amando de Ossorio seems more concerned with making sure that his creations, the knights themselves, look as decomposed and disgusting as possible - and he truly succeeds. The gore takes a backseat, therefore, but it doesn't matter at all. The plot follows three friends on a train, one of which decides to leave that safe haven and spend the knight in the deserted town surrounding the monastery. Unbeknown to her, that's the same place where Templar knights were left to the crow's years earlier - and they're still mad about it.

When you think of zombie movies, it's always George Romero's gory classics that spring to mind - and that is another thing that is great about this movie. Tombs of the Blinddead has completely made it's own style, and originality is something that the horror genre could use more of. Of course, similar plots to this one have been used before, but never in exactly this way. Another thing I admire about the director is the fact that he's obviously more concerned with the horror of the story than anything else. Exploitation flicks like this tend to show a lot of nudity or other things that aren't really relevant - but this flick has made a real effort to stay away from needless elements as much as possible. Fans of intellectual cinema wont find much to like here - the dialogue is trite and the acting is rubbish - but there's no denying that this film has at least something resembling a respectable status within the horror genre. The fact that it's been remembered over thirty years on shows that - and if you're a fan of this sort of film, then you should definitely make sure you see Tombs of the Blinddead!

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