Return of the Blind Dead, movie (1973)
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  • As much as I enjoyed the first one, I loved the second one even more
  • Return of the Blind Dead stands as one of the best horror films of the 70's
  • Those disappointed in the lack of gore of Tombs will be happy with Return
  • This character definitely was an influence on the character of Shane on The Walking Dead TV series
  • Tombs of the Blind Dead was one of my favorite horror films of the 70's, and Return of the Blind Dead did a much better job


    • by Mackenzie Lambert

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      I first came across Tombs of the Blind Dead unintentionally. I stumbled across it while looking through Netflix. Hearing good things about it, I watched it and I loved it. A few years later, I had a chance to see the sequel. As much as I enjoyed the first one, I loved the second one even more! Return of the Blind Dead stands as one of the best horror films of the 70’s.

      Five centuries ago, a clan of the Templars were apprehended by the local villagers. The Templars had their eyes burned out before being burned alive. Before dying, the leader of the Templars warns the villagers that they will return for their revenge.

      The film transitions to present day with the town prepping for a celebration of their victory over the Templars. Jack Marlowe (Tony Kendall) is hired for his


      company’s signature fireworks, at the suggestion of the mayor’s assistant, Vivian (Esperanza Joy). Both Jack and Vivian have a history between them that rekindles. The couple is interrupted by the sinister Murdo, a village idiot who warns of the return of the Templars.

      As night approaches, the people are in the middle of their festivities. The Templars arise from their ruins. They invade the village and the people panic. The mayor and his men meet up with Jack and Vivian with other people. They take shelter in a church and hold off the Templars. If they make it til daylight, they’ll be able to make it out alive. Tensions rise in the group and show to be as much a threat as the Templars.

      Not so much a sequel, Return of the Blind Dead is more of a reboot. The previous

      film is not addressed nor do any of the characters return. The story behind the Blind Dead changed from having their eyes pecked by birds to having their eyes burned out. Lone Fleming and Jose Thelman, two actors from Tombs of the Blind Dead, return in different roles.

      Those disappointed in the lack of gore of Tombs will be happy with Return. Victims are stabbed and slashed. The eye-burning scenes are quite gruesome. One victim has their hand beautifully cut off. While not as gory as Zombie or Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, the use of suspense makes up for the limited bloodletting.

      Tony Kendall as Jack has his charm, recalling shades of classic leading men. He has romantic sparks with Esperanza Joy’s Vivian. Frank Brana, one of the mayor’s bodyguards, will be remembered by fans of Pod People, seen by many ...


      • Return of the Blind Dead, movie (1973)
      on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

      The character of Murdo, played by Jose Canalejas, was one of the more memorable characters. He’s a very sympathetic character, given how he’s treated by others. When he tries to help the one person kind to him, it backfires badly. There is an eerie resemblance to the Fredric March take on Edward Hyde from the 1931 film version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which I’m sure was intentional.

      Fernando Sancho, who plays the mayor, may be one of the best antagonist in any horror film. He gets the survivors to turn on each other. He uses one man’s family to try to escape. When that fails, he uses the man’s daughter to get the attention of the Blind Dead while he tries to escape. This character definitely was an influence on the character

      of Shane on The Walking Dead TV series.

      De Ossorio is much more involved with this film. He directed as well as did the costuming and make-up for the Blind Dead. The effort by de Ossorio was not in vain since it matched the quality of the previous film. The other technical aspects of the film, ranging from Anton Abril’s music, Miguel Fernandez Mila’s cinematography, and Jose Antonio Rojo’s editing were an improvement over the previous film.

      Tombs of the Blind Dead was one of my favorite horror films of the 70’s, and Return of the Blind Dead did a much better job. Characters were more meaningful, some more bloodshed, better build on the suspense, everything about this film was higher quality than the last film. With regards to Spanish horror, you’ll be hard to find a better example of such as Return of the Blind Dead.




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