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Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

La noche del terror ciego (original title)
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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SCREAM So They Can Find You!!! 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:

Legend of the Blind Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Porto, Portugal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Interfilme,Plata Films S.A. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was the first in Ossorio's "Blind Dead" series, spawning three official sequels: Return of the Blind Dead (1973), The Ghost Galleon (1974) and Night of the Seagulls (1975). Its success helped kickstart the Spanish horror film boom of the early 1970s. 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 »

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A true Spanish exploitation highlight!
20 April 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

I absolutely love… love… LOVE these seventies eurohorror-flicks! And Amando De Ossorio's Tomb of the Blind Dead is one of the purest efforts this sub-genre brought forward… You may expect foxy ladies, raw cinematography, creepy musical guidance and some slightly perverted undertones. The basic plot involves a creepy Spanish myth of devil-worshiping Templars who leave their tombs at night and dwell around the ruins of a deserted ghost town. The zombies look very filthy and they move in terrifying slow motion! The few sequences in which the blind dead (blind because their eyes were pecked out by crows) chase their victims on their doomed horses are brilliant and some of the most effective horror ever shown. Prepare yourself for a genuinely apocalyptic ending as well, one that'll leave you speechless!

Of course, the film is filled with improbabilities and some immense structure holes, but De Ossorio's ingenious visions are so surprising that you easily forgive him for this. Highly recommended!! Tombs of the Blind Dead may very well the best exploitation film I've seen so far, along with `Mark of the Devil' (German) and `Cannibal Man' (Spanish as well). Three sequels followed, but so far I haven't had the luck of tracking them down…


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