Blind Dead (1972 franchise)

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Blind Dead (1972 franchise)...

Blind Dead series, AKA Knights Templar series, etc. (1972)

A franchise consisting of four Spanish "zombie" films from the 1970s appearing under various names, including Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972), Return of the Blind Dead (1973), The Ghost Gallion (1974), Night of the Seagulls (1975)...

Summary

"Who are these unholy savages who hunt out their victims by sound alone?" A series of films involving the "Warriors of the Orient" ("Knights Templar"), an evil cult punished for their vile crimes by having their eyes pecked out by birds or pierced with hot pokers, and their corpses burned at the stake and then doomed to walk the Earth as cowled, eyeless ghouls/mummies/vampires....

Details

  • Release Date: 1972-1975
  • Country/Language: Spain/Portugal, Spanish (English dubbing)
  • Genres/Technical: Horror (zombie film)
  • Setting: 1970s Seaside Spain
  • Starring: (various)
  • Director: Amando de Ossorio
  • Writer: Amando de Ossorio, etc.
  • Producer/Production Co: Interfilme, Plata Films S.A., Ancla Century Films, Belén Films, Profilmes, Pérez Pareja, M. Flor
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Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Nudity, Violence, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

I've never seen this series of films, but from the descriptions I've read it sounds like the most "Lovecraftian" parts might be the weird, sinister atmosphere, the seaside locations found in a couple of the entries, and the eerie lich/mummy/ghoul/vampire Knights Templar creatures.... "Night of the Seagulls" does have some sort of Templar cult worshiping at an altar to some Dagon-like creature, and some loose parallels can be drawn to "Shadow Over Innsmouth (fiction)"...

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis

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TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1972) - Cowled skeletons of Spanish knights ride again, blinded by crows for their 13th-century savagery. RETURN OF THE BLIND DEAD (1973) - Survivors barricade themselves in an abandoned cathedral to escape a group of zombies. THE GHOST GALLEON (1974) - Six people are hauled aboard a boat manned by corpselike mariners who cruise the sea for souls. NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS (1975) - A bizarre cult that practices a ritual of sacrificing humans terrorizes a young doctor and his wife, who have just moved to the group's village.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • According to film legend, a re-cut version of the first film was made, entitled Revenge from Planet Ape, consisting of a couple minutes of graphic nudity and violence being removed and a scene describing Templar history getting cut, and a few seconds of risible narration added to the beginning to make a contrived connection to the then-popular Planet of the Apes film franchise: 3000 years ago a simian civilization of super intelligent apes struggled with man to gain control of the planet. In the end man conquered ape after a brutal battle which saw him destroy the ape, his culture and society. After this battle man tortured and killed all the ape prisoners by piercing their eyes with a red hot pokers. One of the prisoners, who was also the leader of the apes, vowed they would return from the dead to avenge man's brutality at a point in time before man destroyed Earth himself. Tagline: "See apes rise from their graves to destroy man in a battle that survives death!" Other versions of assorted films in this franchise have been released with titles alleging some doubtful relation to the Evil Dead (1981 franchise), as well as other dubiously-connected film franchises, such as Mark of the Devil and Zombi


Films in Franchise with Alternate Titles

  • Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972), AKA La Noche del Terror Ciego, Night of the Blind Terror, Crypt of the Blind Dead, Night of the Blind Dead, Tombs of the Blind Zombies, Mark of the Devil Part V: Night of the Blind Terror, Mark of the Devil, Part 4: Tombs of the Blind Dead, Revenge from Planet Ape, The Blind Dead, Tombs of the Blind Dead, Tombs of the Evil Dead
  • Return of the Blind Dead (1973), AKA El Ataque de los Muertos Sin Ojos, The Attack of the Corpses Without Eyes, Attack of the Blind Dead, Return of the Evil Dead, Mark of the Devil 5: Return of the Blind Dead, Mark of the Devil Part V: Night of the Blind Terror, Mark of the Devil V, The Blind Dead 2
  • The Ghost Gallion (1974), AKA La Noche del Buque Maldito, Night of the Ship of the Damned, Horror of the Zombies, Horror of the Evil Dead, Ship of Zombies, The Blind Dead 3, The Ghost Galleon, Zombie Flesh Eater
  • Night of the Seagulls (1975), AKA La Noche de las Gaviotas, Night of the Blood Cult, Night of the Death Cult, Terror Beach, Don't Go Out at Night, The Blind Dead 4, Night of the Evil Dead, Zombi 8, The Bloodfeast of the Blind Dead


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