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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 »

Director:

Amando de Ossorio

Writers:

Jesús Navarro Carrión (additional dialogue), Amando de Ossorio
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Complete credited cast:
Lone Fleming ... Betty Turner
César Burner César Burner ... Roger Whelan
María Elena Arpón María Elena Arpón ... Virginia White (as Helen Harp)
José Thelman José Thelman ... Pedro Candal (as Joseph Thelman)
Rufino Inglés ... Inspector Oliveira
Verónica Llimerá Verónica Llimerá ... Nina
Simón Arriaga Simón Arriaga ... Morgue Keeper
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Professor Candal
Juan Cortés Juan Cortés ... Coroner
Andrés Isbert Andrés Isbert ... Train Engineer's Son
Antonio Orengo Antonio Orengo ... Train Engineer
José Camoiras José Camoiras
María Silva ... Maria
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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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Makes "Night of the Living Dead" Look Like a Kids Pajama Party! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | Portugal

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mark of the Devil, Part 4: Tombs of the Blind Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Porto, Portugal See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Both the UK cinema and 1988 Channel 5 video releases featured the dubbed English print and, although the former was intact, the video was cut by 1 min 57 secs by the BBFC. Later releases featured the longer Spanish language print and the 1994 UK Redemption video release was heavily cut by 1 minute and 51 seconds by the BBFC. The edits made were to the flashback sequence where a girl, tied to a wooden cross, has her breasts slashed and the blood drunk by the Knights Templar and to the scene where Betty is raped by the smuggler in the graveyard. The current UK Anchor Bay release has most of these edits restored with the cuts, solely from the rape scene, now reduced to 16 seconds. See more »

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Disturbing
3 February 2005 | by ZombiewalkinSee all my reviews

I first found this film for rent back in the 80's. It was the old Paragon rental and I really liked it right from the get go. I had actually already seen Horror of the Zombies (aka El Buque Maldito) which is film numero three in De Ossorio's quadrilogy of the Blind Dead. I initially found that one to be a waste but seeing Tombs got me back into the swing of things.

Yes this film is slow moving but most Eurohorror films are a little on the slow side. That is because the spend more time on mood and atmosphere instead of clonking the audience over the head with the point of the story. Like Squonkamatic said his review of this film, you turn your brain on not OFF when you watch these types of films.

Tons of atmosphere in this film. The Templars rising from their tombs and then mounting ghostly horseback! Well you just cant much better than that! I absolutely love the soundtrack as well with the moaning/chanting Templar voices. The ending of this film also still packs a punch. THAT is a key sequence that must be seen it's complete form and THEN will you know why I titled this review as "disturbing".

Pick this up if you can. I have the double DVD from Anchor Bay which is outta print. Stick with the Anchor Bay VHS or wait because it might be coming out again, supposedly in late 2005. All FOUR films in fact if the cards are played right and the planets align. I will have my fingers crossed and my prayers prayed for Blue Underground who has taken on this task.

Rock on!


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