Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)
Directed by Amando de Ossorio

Starring Cesar Burner Elena Arpon Joseph Thelman Lone Fleming

Upset that her former lesbian lover is hitting on her boyfriend during a train trip, a woman jumps off and heads to an abandoned monastery, where she is killed by the spirits of 13th-century legion of evil knights known as the Templars.

The spirits are blind, so they locate victims via sound. The scenes where they descend on their victims are moody and effective in a way that no modern filmmaker comes close to matching -- except perhaps Peter Jackson, who seemed to base his horse-riding demons from "Lord of the Rings" upon the Templars in the "Blind Dead" films. Weird sex, some gore and some magnificent set pieces make it a must for all genre-philes.

The first in a series of Spanish "Blind Dead" movies from Amando de Ossorio, "Tombs of the Blind Dead" was a seminal part of the Spanish horror upswing of the early 1970s and is arguably one of the greatest zombie films of all time. The atmosphere is strong across all segments of this movie, from the visit to the castle, to scenes of slow-motion blind skeletons riding horses over a Spanish landscape, to an amazing scene with a living-dead girl entering a mannequin-manufacturing store that happens to be located next to a morgue.

The film also has an awesome ending. All in all, a classic, which is why it spawned three sequels. The second film in the franchise, "Return of the Blind Dead," is arguably even better.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore

USER COMMENTS

Posted by Bill Luther on May 11, 2009
"The Tombs Of the Blind Dead" and "Return Of the Blind Dead" were both shot in and around the Castelo de Palmela, in Palmela, Portugal. Here's a pic of it: http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/Wilthomer/Palmela.jpg The doorway arch figures prominently, as does the small room nearby in the cottage attack scene in "Return...". Numerous scenes were shot in the courtyard and around the castle and utilized frequently in both films.


Posted by darbs on January 26, 2010
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Posted by danger on July 25, 2010
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