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  • This is one of the best sequences I've seen in a horror movie

    • by Mackenzie Lambert


      After the release of the George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, zombie films were a noticeable trend from foreign film markets. Yet, it would be much bigger when Dawn of the Dead came out. But, Night was not without its own knock-offs. One movie in particular stands out as a rather frightening, atmospheric horror tale: the first in the infamous Blind Dead series, from director Amando de Ossorio.

      Roger and Virginia are a married couple on holiday when they meet up with Betty. Betty and Virginia have a sensual history together that goes as far back as high school. Roger finds her company welcomed, yet Virginia is embarrassed and would rather not have her around. Roger

      inviting Betty to join them has Virginia leaving them.

      When on a slow-moving train, Virginia leaves and goes off into the countryside. The conductors of the train see her, yet don’t stop because of the direction she is heading. As day becomes night, Virginia finds herself settling in at some ancient ruins and plans to spend the night.

      What she doesn’t realize is that she is at the ruins of the evil Templars. This sacrilegious sect took part in black magic rituals. The Templars come back from the dead and roam through the ruins. They soon find her and stalk her. They catch up to her and kill her. Her body is found the next day near the train tracks.

      During their investigation, the police inquire with Roger and Betty. A local smuggler, Pedro, is another person of interest. Roger and Pedro find Pedro and ask for his help. They suggest if Pedro helps them, it will clear him of Virginia’s murder. He reluctantly agrees, and things go from bad to worse in a matter of minutes.

      Tombs of the Blind Dead was made in the aftermath of Night of the Living Dead, yet some producers had it billed as being connected to, of all films, Planet of the Apes. Similar to other zombie films like Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things and Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Tombs is a zombie film that follows its ...

      • Tombs of the Blind Dead, movie (1971)
      own rules with monsters loosely influenced by Romero’s ghouls. There is little gore utilized by de Ossorio, but makes up for it with great settings and some inspired set pieces. One character makes the stupid move of trying to use a knife against scythe-wielding monsters.

      One scene in particular stands as a match to some of Hitchcock’s most suspenseful moments. A woman is trying to hide from Templars. She is smart enough to keep quiet. They can’t track her. Seconds later, her heart beat becomes louder. The Templars slowly turn towards her and start to find her based on her heart beat. This is one of the best sequences I’ve seen in a horror movie.

      Its basic, yet its very effective.

      Tombs of the Blind Dead was edited for American audiences, yet remained intact in the Spanish version. Blue Underground released a boxed set that has both versions of the film. If you want some gore, its there for you. If you just want some suspense, there’s a version emphasizing that. But, the Spanish version features the shocking, uncensored ending that you MUST see.

      Tombs of the Blind Dead is a notable entry for Spanish horror. It effectively uses both suspense and gore as well as having decent dubbing that is often a detriment to foreign horror films. This wonderful film is well worth seeking out and makes for some great viewing.

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