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Amando de Ossorio (screenplay)
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1976 (USA) See more »
The living corpses of the Satan-worshiping Knights Templar hunt for human victims in a 16th century galleon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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old-fashioned Spanish zombie film, with nautical setting See more (69 total) »


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Maria Perschy ... Lillian
Jack Taylor ... Howard Tucker
Bárbara Rey ... Noemi
Carlos Lemos ... Professor Grüber
Manuel de Blas ... Sergio
Blanca Estrada ... Kathy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margarita Merino ... Lorena Kay (uncredited)

Directed by
Amando de Ossorio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amando de Ossorio  screenplay
Amando de Ossorio  story

Produced by
José Luis Bermúdez de Castro Acaso .... producer (as J.L. Bermudez de Castro)
Original Music by
Antón García Abril 
Cinematography by
Raúl Artigot 
Film Editing by
Petra de Nieva 
Production Design by
Eduardo Torre de la Fuente  (as Torre de la Fuente)
Set Decoration by
Eduardo Torre de la Fuente  (as E. Torre de la Fuente)
Costume Design by
Lola Marquerie  (as Dolores Marquerie)
Makeup Department
Cristóbal Criado .... makeup artist
Luis Criado .... assistant makeup artist
Amando de Ossorio .... special makeup effects artist
Carlos Paradela .... makeup artist
María Carmen Sánchez .... assistant makeup artist (as Maria Carmen Sanchez)
Consuelo Zahonero .... hair stylist
Production Management
Manuel Muñoz .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Juan Antonio Arévalo .... assistant director (as Juan Antonio Arevalo)
Art Department
Augusto Lega .... set designer (as Lega-Michelena)
Félix Michelena .... set designer (as Lega-Michelena)
Horacio Rodríguez .... assistant set designer (as Horatio Rodriguez)
Special Effects by
José Luis Campos .... special effects
Pablo Pérez .... special effects (as Pablo Perez)
Visual Effects by
J. Santines .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Fernando Espiga .... second camera operator
Felipe López .... still photographer
Miguel Ángel Muñoz .... assistant camera (as Miguel A. Muñoz)
Editorial Department
María Elisa Valero .... assistant editor (as Maria Elisa Valero)
R. Wood .... synchronization
Other crew
Óscar Guarido García .... production auxiliary
Marisol Martínez .... secretary to director (as Marisol G. Martinez)
Pedro Sopeña .... production assistant (as Pedro Sopena)

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Also Known As:
"El buque maldito" - Spain (original title)
"The Ghost Galleon" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (DVD title)
"Horror of the Evil Dead" - USA (reissue title)
"Ship of Zombies" - USA
"The Blind Dead 3" - USA
"Zombie Flesh Eater" - USA (DVD title)
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USA:89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:(Banned) (2000) | Italy:VM18 (DVD) (new rating) | Italy:T (DVD) (original rating) | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:(Banned) (1987)

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Continuity: The amount of blood on Noemi's face changes between shots as she is being dragged by the zombies back below deck.See more »
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Referenced in Birth of the Living Dead (2013)See more »


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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
old-fashioned Spanish zombie film, with nautical setting, 10 March 2006
Author: django-1 from south Texas USA

note: this review is of the US release version, titled HORROR OF THE ZOMBIES and released by Independent-International. While this is part of the famous Spanish "Blind Dead" series, it has little to do with the others and has a completely different feel. The ancient zombies do appear, but this time they are at sea in a plot that reminded me initially of THE PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAMPIRE. There's not much gore and except for one ugly sexual attack (committed by one of the human cast, not by a zombie), there's little here you couldn't show to a 12 year old. In fact, this is really an old-fashioned zombie film--an abandoned old Spanish galleon that seems to exist in another dimension is stumbled across by two young models on a publicity stunt in the sea, and it turns out to be populated by the Blind Dead. The whole film plays like an amusement park haunted house--the kind where you cruise through it in a boat and are exposed to shocking sights, zombies flying out at you, etc. I found the film wonderfully entertaining on that level. I don't really care for gore films, so I found the tame nature of the film to be refreshing. The two "stars" in the film (in other words, NOT the models or the professor who is enlisted to help in the mission) are old favorites of international b-movies, Jack Taylor (legendary for his Mexican horror films and Spanish films of all types) and the lovely Maria Perschy, and like most established actors who find themselves in these type of films, they manage to keep a straight face yet communicate that they are having as much fun as the audience. Some viewers have complained about the many cheap-looking miniatures used for the ship, but they are well-done in an old Republic Picture serial kind of way, and those who cannot go beyond today's computer generated effects need to get a little "willing suspension of disbelief" and have some fun. Overall, this is a wonderful, old-fashioned zombie film that is quite unlike the rest of the Blind Dead series in tone and in amount of gore. You can still find the VHS of the US release titled HORROR OF THE ZOMBIES for next to nothing used (mine cost 99 cents), and except for not being letter-boxed, it's supposedly the same cut as that now being sold on a new Blue Underground DVD.

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