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Return of the Evil Dead (1973)

El ataque de los muertos sin ojos (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 1975 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Amando de Ossorio

Writers:

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

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)
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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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Have they heard your heart beating? See more »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Ancla Century Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.66 : 1
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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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As Murdo's decapitated body falls back through the hole, a tube of fake blood is visible at his shoulder. See more »

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The UK video released in 1994 by Redemption films was of the cut English language version, which was subsequently cut further by the BBFC, which removed a 6s shot of a woman's dress being torn by a Templar, revealing her breast. The version released onto UK DVD by Anchor Bay UK in 2005, as part of a "Blind Dead Box-Set", was of the longer/gorier Spanish language version and was passed fully uncut. See more »

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Spanish Rake Fight
24 August 2007 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

It is hard to deny Amando De Ossorio's talent behind the camera--the man knows how to make even the most foreboding locales postcard-pretty. His writing, on the other hand, is a different story..."Return of the Evil Dead" is essentially a plot less rehash of "Tombs of the Blind Dead," with a liberal helping of "Night of the Living Dead" thrown into the mix. I don't have a problem with movies borrowing from each other, but "Return" is so bereft of story and interesting characters that the whole thing becomes kind of tedious. While "Tombs" didn't really spring to life until its impressive climax, Ossorio does a much better job integrating the resurrected Templars into the film--mostly filmed in mid- and long-shots set against dark sets, they exude more menace this time out (also drawing attention away from their creaky marionette movements); problem is, the action scenes revolving around the Templars go on far too long, diluting their presence. And underneath the surface, there isn't much going on here--a bunch of forgettable, cliché characters hole up in an unusually well-lit church to hold out against the Templar menace--subplots involving a greedy Mayor, a jealous lover, and a lost child ensue. Ho hum. To "Return"'s credit, the opening Templar slaughter is effective, as is a suspenseful child retrieval scene, and the climax is chilling. Too bad everything in between is beautiful to look at but aesthetically mediocre.


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