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Return of the Evil Dead (1973)

El ataque de los muertos sin ojos (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 1975 (USA)
In this second startling film in the BLIND DEAD series, writer/director Amando de Ossorio returns to the horrific origin of the depraved Templar:


Amando de Ossorio


Amando de Ossorio (screenplay), Amando de Ossorio (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Kendall ... Jack Marlowe
Fernando Sancho ... Mayor Duncan
Esperanza Roy ... Vivian
Frank Braña ... Howard
José Canalejas ... Murdo
Loreta Tovar Loreta Tovar ... Monica
Ramón Lillo Ramón Lillo ... Bert
Lone Fleming ... Amalia
Maria Nuria Maria Nuria ... Nancy - Amalia's daughter
José Thelman José Thelman ... Juan - Monica's boyfriend
Juan Cazalilla Juan Cazalilla ... Governor
Betsabé Ruiz Betsabé Ruiz ... Governor's maid
Marisol Delgado Marisol Delgado ... Doncella
Luis Barboo ... Executed Templar
Francisco Sanz Francisco Sanz ... Station Manager (as Paco Sanz)


500 years after they were blinded and executed for committing human sacrifices, a band of Templar knights returns from the grave to terrorize a rural Portuguese village during it's centennial celebration. Being blind, the Templars find their victims through sound, usually the screams of their victims. Taking refuge in a deserted cathedral, a small group of people must find a way to escape from the creatures. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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There are multiple cuts of the film. The uncut Spanish language version, El ataque de los muertos sin ojos, runs over four minutes longer than the international English-language cut, Return of the Evil Dead, and contains longer, more explicit gore sequences. The opening of the English cut contains a truncated version of the Templars' blood sacrifice before the villagers capture and kill the knights. In the Spanish version, the sacrifice flashback occurs when Murdo warns Jack and Vivian about the coming return of the Templars, and contains shots of the virgin's heart being removed and eaten by the knights. In the Return of the Evil Dead cut, Murdo does not sacrifice a local girl to incite the Templars resurrection, and when he's decapitated later in the film, the shot of his headless, spurting neck is removed. Several names are changed and/or Anglicized in the English dub of the film: the village of Bouzano is renamed Berzano, Moncha is Monica, Juan is Don, Dacosta is Howard, Beirao is Bert and Amalia's unnamed daughter is Nancy. Both versions were included on the Blue Underground DVD release of the film. See more »


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Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay version claims to be uncut, however it is actually missing quite a bit of footage. Most of the gore has been cut out, along with a few other minor scenes. Here is a complete list of the missing footage:
  • During the opening flashback, all shots of the knife plunging into the woman's chest have been removed, as well as the shots of the Templars removing her heart.
  • There is a brief line of dialogue from one of the Templar Knights missing just before he is blinded by the villagers.
  • A shot of a woman, tied and gagged in the trunk of a car, has been cut from during the fireworks display.
  • A complete sequence has been cut in which the woman from the previous shot is tied to a wall by Murdo the village idiot and stabbed between the breasts. This particular cut makes it unclear why the Templars suddenly return from the grave. In the uncut version, this scene establishes that Murdo has deliberately summoned the Templars by offering a human sacrifice.
  • A single shot of blood dripping down a telephone and onto the floor has been removed.
  • Two close-up shots have been removed which show Bert's stomach being punctured by swords, along with an intervening shot of the Mayor watching from a nearby window.
  • The scene where the little girl leaves a room and encounters the Mayor (just before he leads her outside) has been cut.
  • Various close-ups of swords entering the Mayor's body have been removed.
  • A single close-up of a sword penetrating Amalia's stomach has been cut.
  • A single shot of blood spurting from Murdo's neck after he has been beheaded has been removed.
  • Just before the camera pans down to reveal that Howard has fallen onto a spear, a few shots of his face have been removed.
  • A single shot of the village square has been cut, just before Vivian, Jack, and Nancy leave the church.
  • The end credits have been considerably shortened.
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Was Hoping It Would Have Been Better
9 February 2019 | by EdIsInHellSee all my reviews

Tombs Of The Blind Dead (1972) was pretty good and I went into Return Of The Evil Dead (1973) hoping it would be good as well. Unfortunately I was disappointed. Amando de Ossorio failed in this sequel.

It's still worth a watch if your a horror fan.

Mok a bon first.

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1975 (USA) See more »

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Mark of the Devil 5: Return of the Blind Dead See more »

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