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The Ghost Galleon (1974)

El buque maldito (original title)
R | | Horror | 1976 (USA)
The living corpses of the Satan-worshiping Knights Templar hunt for human victims in a 16th century galleon.

Director:

Amando de Ossorio

Writers:

Amando de Ossorio (screenplay), Amando de Ossorio (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Maria Perschy ... Lillian
Jack Taylor ... Howard Tucker
Bárbara Rey ... Noemi
Carlos Lemos Carlos Lemos ... Professor Grüber
Manuel de Blas ... Sergio
Blanca Estrada Blanca Estrada ... Kathy
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The model Noemi questions her employer Lillian about her roommate Kathy that is missing after receiving a call from Lillian, and she tells that she will go to the police. Lilian explains that Kathy is in an afloat boat in the Atlantic with another model participating of a publicity stunt, and she brings Noemi to meet Howard Tucker and his henchman Sergio that have idealized the advertising campaign. Kathy uses the radio to report that a ghost galleon without crew has arrived and Tucker sends a helicopter to bring the models back; however the pilot does not find them at the location. Tucker contacts Professor Grüber that studies the Sixteen Century galleon and they use a boat to reach the ghost vessel with Sergio, Lillian and Noemi. Soon Professor Gruber learns that the damned galleon is stranded in another dimension and the crew is composed of excommunicated Templar zombies. Now they try to leave the galleon and return to their own dimension. Will they succeed in their intent? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The film has been released multiple times on DVD over the years. It was first released on DVD on December 3, 2002 by BCI. Blue Underground later released a limited edition version on September 27, 2005; Anchor Bay Entertainment released another version of the film later that same year. The film was last released on DVD by Desert Island Films on August 1, 2012. See more »

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The amount of blood on Noemi's face changes between shots as she is being dragged by the zombies back below deck. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Horror of the Zombies (2008) See more »

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Standard Templar Fare, still pretty good
17 April 2000 | by WritnGuy-2See all my reviews

I was so surprised to find this in a video store, seeing as that I hadn't seen it around anywhere else. I jumped to the chance of renting it, not wanting to wait for whenever Anchor Bay decided to release it. (Seeing as they had already released "Tombs of the Blind Dead" and it's first sequel).

Two models, Cathy and Lorraina, are (for some not quite clear reason) sent out to sea on a boat for a publicity campaign of some stunt. They soon come along an old-time galleon in the midst of darkness and fog. Lorraina boards and is heard screaming, and soon, Cathy follows, and the Templars come for her, too. Meanwhile, Cathy's best friend Noami (not, Naomi, as I figured, but Noami) is searching for her, and soon gets herself into trouble with Sergio, who was behind the publicity stunt. She demands they go off and find the girls, so with the help of a professor, Noami, Sergio, photographer Lillian, and Howard (whom I forgot the involvement of with the subplot) head out to sea to find the girls. They soon find the galleon, and board, only to soon be greeted by the Templar knights from the dead, and they discover they are trapped in another dimension (!) and must defeat the curse of the knights and escape.

It's a miracle I remembered all those characters' names!

A pretty good movie, suspenseful Templar attacks. The galleon is creepy-looking, but so obviously fake, it's funny. It looks like it belongs in one of those old claymation shows from the sixties and seventies. The acting is what you would expect from a movie like this, and the music is the classic chanting that always sets a good atmosphere. The only problem with this is that it wasn't milked for all it was worth. The story seemed short, and a bit weak at times. And understandably so. How much story could there be! Still, though, an alright movie, with a creepy ending. One odd note, the sound suddenly disappeared the last ten seconds of the film. Was that intentional? It could have been, but it seemed a little odd. I don't know, could have been the copy of the movie I got.

Overall, I recommend this for Blind Dead fans, if you can find it. Not as drawn-out at "Tombs" and not as exciting as "Return" (except "Return"'s horrendously flat ending!) but still a good film.


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Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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