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5.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIE TEMPLARS ON HORSEBACK - A SPANISH HORROR CLASSIC!
THE MOVIE

This 1971 Spanish/Portuguese co-production is the first in a quadrilogy, the the other parts being RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD, GHOST GALLEON and NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS, all directed and written by Amando de Ossorio.
TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD ("La noche del terror ciego", which means The night of the blind dead) might not be for everyone's taste. I...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tomb of the Blind Dead
Betty, Roger and Virginia are all going on a camping trip but Virginia goes off alone and decides to stay the night at a abandoned medieval village. While she is their she is killed by a band of zombie like Knight Templar's who return from their grave to drink the blood of the living. Fearing for Virginia's safety Roger and Betty go in search for her.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIE TEMPLARS ON HORSEBACK - A SPANISH HORROR CLASSIC!, 18 Jun 2014
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THE MOVIE

This 1971 Spanish/Portuguese co-production is the first in a quadrilogy, the the other parts being RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD, GHOST GALLEON and NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS, all directed and written by Amando de Ossorio.
TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD ("La noche del terror ciego", which means The night of the blind dead) might not be for everyone's taste. I really enjoyed it, it is very different from other zombie movie out there.
The direction is nothing to get excited about, it is a rather slow-moving movie, but still very effective with a few shock moments that will definitely get you at least once.
The acting is mediocre. You get your typical stereotypes here and nothing more.
The templar knight zombies however are very well done. Forget Romero's badly made-up DAWN OF THE DEAD zombies in comparison, these look awesome! And this movie was made 8 years before Romero's classic!
The atmosphere created in TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is fantastic. A great and very effective score with additional chilling sound effects. The templars riding on horseback (on undead horses!) is shot in slow-motion, which is very effective. I loved the monastery ruins set. The entire scene where the templars make their first appearance is just fantastic and eerie, even by today's standards.
These zombies are not the crazed steroids-type from the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake, they are slow and actually blind - they track their prey by sound. This might sound lame, but is is highly effective and executed very well. The reason they are blind is later explained and fits well into the background story.
TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD was widely released in the US in a heavily cut form in which it received the PG rating instead of the R. American distributors also released it as "Revenge from Planet Ape" to cash in on the success of the 1968 movie PLANET OF THE APES with a specially created prologue that makes a ridiculous connection between the two movies. This prologue is included as a bonus on the Blue Underground region 1 DVD.
The English language version is HEAVILY cut, not all the cut footage is violence, though, many scenes that have been edited out are story-related, and some scenes have been completely re-arranged, for instance the movie now begins with the infamous virgin sacrifice scene, which has lost every single drop of blood.
I strongly recommend watching the Spanish version with English subtitles.
THE UK Anchor Bay version is slightly cut by 16 seconds for sexual violence. I've seen this particular version as well, it still is highly watchable.
TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is one of my favorite zombie movies. It is by far not the goriest, but what sets it apart is that it is so different.
5.0 OUT OF 5.0 STARS

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Reviewed version: 2005 Blue Underground US DVD
Feature running time: 83 mins. (English dubbed, cut): 97 mins. (Spanish original, uncut)
Rating: PG (cut version)/Not rated (uncut version) (MPAA) / 18 CUT (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 2.0, Spanish 2.0
Subtitles: English (for Spanish version only, subtitles cannot be switched off)
Chapters: 22 (English version), 26 (Spanish version)
Extras: Theatrical trailer, Poster & Stills gallery, Alternative "Planet Ape" beginning
Region: 1 (locked)

Picture: C
Audio: B
Extras: F

This release contains both, the heavily cut English dubbed version (rated PG in the US) and the uncut Spanish original version (Unrated).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tomb of the Blind Dead, 16 April 2013
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A. J. Harrison (UK) - See all my reviews
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Betty, Roger and Virginia are all going on a camping trip but Virginia goes off alone and decides to stay the night at a abandoned medieval village. While she is their she is killed by a band of zombie like Knight Templar's who return from their grave to drink the blood of the living. Fearing for Virginia's safety Roger and Betty go in search for her.

This was Spanish director Amando de Ossorio's first of four films he made that would be known has his Blind dead collection. He had obviously watched George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead as his zombies move very slow and sluggish just like the ones in Romero's classic.

He may copy the style in how he wants his zombies to move but he does incorporate some stylish ideas of his own, such as their appearance. They look like cross between mummies and skeletons and wear black hooded cloaks that resemble the grim reaper. Some of these zombies carry swords and other rides horses.

Where the film really ex hails is its ghostly atmosphere, the medieval village is very creepy and a perfect location choice. Another compliment that has to go to Ossorio is his effective use of slow motion as the Knights Templar return from their graves and as the horseman appear out of the darkness.

Even with all its plus points this is a by the numbers horror filled with the typical cliches such as a girl spending the night alone in a deserted and creepy village and the zombies move really slowly and it appears that it would be pretty easy to escape from them.

Still even with these flaws this is still a enjoyable film made better by a powerful score by Anton Garcia Abril.

The version I watched was The Anchor Bay release, which had great image quality, full screen and was uncut.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice variation on the zombie/undead genre, 9 May 2009
This review is from: Tombs Of The Blind Dead [DVD] (DVD)
I've got this film on a double sided US import DVD that has "Tombs..." in a slightly less edited form that's a couple of minutes longer and has "Return Of The Blind Dead" on the other side.
Tombs Of The Blind Dead (the first of 4 "Blind Dead" films) is an atmospheric variation on the undead/zombie genre. You won't get the usual lumbering, half-rotted zombies. These ones are skeletal, undead Templar knights from the 13th century, killed by villagers for their human sacrifices and blood-drinking practises that gained them immortality. They rise creepily and slowly from their graves centuries later. They're blind and hunt by sound (their eyes were pecked out by birds after the villagers hung them) which gives the director a chance to engineer some decent suspense. And they sometimes ride around on horseback in eerily soundtracked slow motion.
This film is quite slow-paced but genuinely creepy at points. If you're a gore fan you may be disappointed (there is some) but it's a pretty good film that manages a few very suspenseful sequences. Quite an effective, haunting soundtrack.
It's well worth a look. Filmed in Spanish with English subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spanish horror classic, 2 July 2012
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Any serious horror fan will be fully familiar with the Blind Dead series and I'm sure most would agree that this first part is the best. I've always been a massive fan of "Tombs of the Blind Dead" and just love the atmosphere and mood of the film. The sequences where the Templar's rise from their tombs are excellent and the whole build up to it around the monastery exudes atmosphere of the highest order. The Blind Dead Templar's themselves have a great creepy look with their rotten faces and black cloaks and who can forget the stylish slow motion scenes on horse back. The soundtrack is excellent and so effective in adding to the suspense. The film in general is just a hell of a lot of fun throughout. You also get some blood and gore but it generally takes a backseat to the atmosphere and style of the film.
A definite must have in any horror collection. Of the sequels part 2; "Return of the Evil Dead" is the best and a lot of fun with plenty of action and gore. Parts 2 and 3; "The Ghost Galleon" and "Night of the "Seagulls" are still a good watch and underrated.
I've had this US Blue Underground version for years. It has choice of the shorter English dubbed version or the longer full version in Spanish with English subtitles. Of course the one to watch is the longer version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting the blind dead, 23 Jun 2008
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S. Finch (Stratford-upon-Avon) - See all my reviews
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I first saw this film back in the 1970s at our local cinema. It was very scary - my boyfriend felt really spooked walking home alone through a dark alley. The fact it had subtitles (the film is in Spanish) did not detract from us rating it as one of the best horror films we had seen.
I have just watched the film again courtesy of Amazon rental. It seemed a bit dated the second time around & not so scary watching it on my TV in daylight & knowing the surprise twist at the end. The virgin's breast (sliced open by the templars) is obviously latex foam & the phoniest thing I've seen since the shark in Jaws. Nevertheless I really enjoyed seeing it again - the mortician's creepy assistant is not to be missed while the Blind Dead themselves I believe received an award for the best new movie monsters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first Amando de Ossorio undead Templar Knights films, 29 Oct 2005
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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"Tombs of the Blind Dead" ("La Noche del terror ciego") is the first of the four films by writer-director Amando de Ossorio dealing with the Templar Knights that rise from the dead and creep, very slowly, after their victims. Five hundred years ago the Templars were sacrificing virgins and drinking their blood. Eventually the locals attacked the Templars, burning out the eyes of the knights before burning them at the stake. Ever since then no one goes near their castle, that is until Virginia White (María Elena Arpón) hops off a train in the middle of nowhere and ends up spending the night there. That night the Templar knights, skeletal corpses dressed up in armor, rise (slowly) from their tombs and follow the sounds of Virginia's screams. The trick is to stay silent so the blind Templars cannot hear where you are, but it is difficult to stay quiet when these things are after you.
When Virginia's dead body is found her friends Betty Turner (Lone Fleming) and Roger Whelan (César Burner) decide to find out what happened to her. This is where they learn the legend of the Templars and then go off to investigate the castle, thinking that maybe somebody is using the local tale as a cover for criminal activity. This explains why they drag along local smuggler Pedro Candal (Joseph Thelman) and his girlfriend Maria (María Silva), to investigate the place, which only gives the Templars more victims to pursue (slowly). In his horror films Ossorio is all about atmosphere, so what stands out here is the thought of these shuffling corpses coming after you while the young women who are about to die take terms trying not to make a sound and then screaming all the way until the end. There is usually some blood at the end, but "Tombs of the Blind Dead" is more about spooky atmosphere. You just have to remind yourself that this film was made in 1971 and not judge its slower pace (and the slowest monsters you have ever seen) by the standard of contemporary horror films.
Actually, this is the 86 minute dubbed into English version of the original 101 minute Spanish film. What has been cut from "La Noche del terror ciego" is the nudity, a rather chaste lesbian love scene, the bloodier parts of the flashback to the Templar rituals, and one of the more gratuitous rape scenes of all-time (although the part where the rapist offers his victim a cigarette afterwards before he is killed by the Templars remains for you to scratch your head over). The edited flashback is actually the prologue for "Tombs of the Blind Dead." Obviously if you can track down the existing Spanish version (which clocks in at 97 minutes for some reason) you can see the film Ossorio actually made and not this edited down version, paying the small price of reading subtitles to enjoy the film.
This film was followed by "El ataque de los muertos sin ojos" ("Return of hte Blind Dead") in 1973, "El buque maldito" ("The Ghost Galleon") in 1974, and "La Noche de las gavitos" ("Night of the Seagulls") in 1975. Some see Jesus Franco's 1985 film "La Mansión de los muertos vivientes" as a remake of Ossorio's first film, but I think you are on safer ground if you consider it to be definitely inspired by this entire series. One of the interesting things about the series is that most of the films can stand on their own, with the second being the best of the lot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars tomb of the blind dead, 25 July 2013
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saw this film years ago, thought it was ok, now I find it very amateurish , not worth watching a second time.
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