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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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Cast

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:

PG | See all certifications »

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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 film was released on DVD on 20 October 1998 by Anchor Bay Entertainment as a double feature with Return of the Blind Dead. It was released again on DVD on 27 September 2005 as a five-disc limited edition by Blue Underground featuring the film and its three sequels; the DVD of the film in this release contained both the original Spanish version (subtitled but not dubbed) and the Revenge from Planet Ape opening sequence. It was reissues again by Blue Underground on o26 September 2006 as a stand-alone release. On 1 July 2016, the film was again reissued in a four-disc set by Blue Underground featuring the film and its three sequels. 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

A heavily edited dubbed English language version was released in the US as "Revenge from Planet Ape" to try and cash in on the popularity of the "Planet of the Apes" films. This came with a narrated introduction saying how "thousands of years ago, humans were slaves to a bunch of intelligent apes, which they eventually overthrew and killed, but the apes vowed to return from the grave". This somewhat bizarre intro can be seen as an extra on the US DVD by Blue Underground. See more »

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La noche del terror ciego: Fantastic vintage zombie title
2 March 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Tombs Of The Blind Dead is the first in the Blind Dead franchise, a Spanish series of zombie movies that have evaded me for a fair while.

I'm glad to say that it really impressed me and is highly similiar to Italian movies of the same ilk also from the same period.

It tells the story of a girl who is murdered in an abandoned ruined village once occupied by Templars. Her friends set about investigating and discover the villages horrifying secret.

What makes this stand out is that not only do our zombies have origins but that they have personality. Robed, skeletal, blind and horse riding! This is original stuff and it works wonders.

Ontop of that the movie is well scored, looks fantastic and really delivers on every front. Because of this I can't wait to get stuck into the remaining films.

The Good:

Looks great

Quite original for it's genre

Well made

Brilliant finale

The Bad:

Couple of ropey looking moments

Could have been longer

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Porcupines are sweet and suave


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