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The Blind Dead

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Posted 24th April 2009 at 08:46 PM by Sam@Cult Labs

I really rate these odd Spanish oddities. These are from "that high street retailers" site that I used to pen reviews for. So there's some repetition. Don't let that spoil the wonky euro-trash fun though...

Tombs Of The Blind Dead

Classic low rent zombie action, a product of the prolific Spanish horror industry of the 70s. As the countries dictator Franco's power faded in that decade new generation of exploitation film makers sprang up to provide grisly thrills for a captive market as censorship became less of an issue. One of Spain's most celebrated cult exports from this time were the four Blind Dead films from director Amando De Ossorio.

The Templer Knights of 'Da Vinci Code' fame are seduced by dark satanic forces in Ossorio's alternate reality, sacrificing topless virgins and acting wildly using their eyebrows, the cads! They are sentenced to death and their eyes are burnt out. They then rise as ghoulish zombie-ghosts to prey on nubile young girls, particularly if they've had a gratuitous lesbian scene earlier in the movie!

After the back-story is dealt with, the plot is basically that of people taking a wrong turn and accidentally running into the moody blind dead, who seek out their prey by sound and float about on ghostly horses in eerie slow motion. This and the other three movies in the series are great euro-horror, mixing up the exploitation elements of violence, nudity and hyperbole into a gothic stew. Funny, twisted, camp and horrific in equal measure, these films are classics of sorts and a must for fans of 70s horror.

Ghost Galleon

Ghost Galleon is the third entry of Spanish director Amando De Ossorio's Blind Dead series, a cycle of fog shrouded zombie epics like no other.

The Blind Dead in question are a group of Templer knights who have strayed from the path of light into the realm of the diabolical. Their punishment was to be blinded then killed by the medieval angry mob, that'll teach 'em to sacrifice virgins...

Their fate is to rise from the grave to feast upon the living. For living read young women, these are exploitation movies after all. In this third film the skeletal knights rise again, roused by the sound of a bikini clad publicity stunt. A pair of models become lost at sea and a team is dispatched to recover them. They haven't accounted for a ghostly galleon full of undead fiends popping out of a temporal portal thingy. The victims spend the movie providing cheesecake thrills for the presumably male target audience and being harassed by the evil zombie knights. The boat looks like a kit model and the special effects are typical 70s crud, but as a atmospheric piece of Euro-trash it's a winner.

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