Double Movie Review: The Ghost Galleon and Night of the Seagulls

I finally wrapped up Amando de Ossorio’s “Blind Dead” series last night, so here are my thoughts on the series’ final two entries:

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1974, Ancla Century Films

This is the third movie in Amando de Ossorio’s “Blind Dead” series and was released in the United States as Horror of the Zombies. While Return of the Blind Dead was a bit hokey, well, um… The Ghost Galleon still has some of that. Luckily, most of the awful dialogue and extremely-dated fashion is at the beginning of the movie. Although I have to say that the revealing clothes being worn by the women is just fine by me.

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Return of the Blind Dead [Movie Review]

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Return of the Blind Dead
1973, Belen Films
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Alternately released as Return of the Evil Dead and Attack of the Blind Dead (in Spain), Return of the Blind Dead is the second movie in the four-part Blind Dead series by Spanish writer/director Amando de Ossorio. I first discovered the existence of these films while doing an online search for zombie movies many, many years ago.

The truth is, while the Blind Dead films are listed on various websites as zombies films, they really aren’t. If you want to get technical (And who doesn’t?), the resurrected and evil Knights Templar in these films are revenants, not zombies. Both are types of undead creatures, but revenants are usually specific individuals (there’s no voodoo, toxic gas or virus that randomly brings them back) that have come back from the grave with a specific purpose such as revenge.

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Zombi 3 [Movie Review]

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Zombi 3
1988
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Today I’m taking a look at Zombi 3, AKA – Zombie Flesh Eaters 2, which is the sequel to Zombie AKA - Zombi 2, AKA - Zombie Flesh Eaters, which was an unofficial Italian sequel to Dawn of the Dead, AKA - Zombi. Confused?

I first became a big fan or horror movies during my last year or two of high school. So, we’re talking probably 1998 or 1999. I was making Friday and/or Saturday night trips to Blockbuster to get my fix of zombies, slashers, Evil Dead and Phantasm. I often turned to the internet and sites like the defunct Zombie-Keeper.com or the now-dilapidated HouseOfHorrors.com for reviews and suggestions.

It was after watching the original Zombie that I decided I wanted to try the sequels. Except the sequels weren’t easy to come by. This was in the days before things like Netflix, YouTube and even DVDs (which had just started out about this time). Amazon wasn’t the major e-commerce force that it is today with virtually everything so sale, so you’d have to go the local route and head off to a place like Suncoast or FYE and hope they had a copy.

The point I’m trying to make is that in the late 1990’s, obscure Italian zombie movies from the 1980’s were not cheap or easy to come by. Therefore, it’s only in 2014 that I’ve finally been able to watch Zombi 3. It’s actually pretty cheap to find on DVD these days but the copy I’m viewing came from Netflix (it’s actually been in my queue on/off for the last couple of years).

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Zombie [Movie Review]

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1979, The Jerry Gross Organization
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I always thought this Italian horror movie was made in order to cash in on the popularity of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, but it wasn’t until recently that I found out that production on Zombie started before Romero’s classic had been released. This movie’s scenes in New York City were added after the success of Romero’s film (which was released in September ’78 in Italy) in what I’m guessing was a slight attempt to give American audiences something they could relate to.

The producers did make one blatant attempt to cash in on Dawn of the Dead though. The movie was known as Zombi in Italy, so the original title for this movie is Zombi 2. Neither film has any true connection other than their Italian movie titles and the fact that they both feature zombies. In America, this movie is simply known as Zombie but in other parts of the world it’s called Zombie Flesh Eaters (UK) and Woodoo (Germany).

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Halloween SFX Cassettes of the 1980’s: Horror Sounds of the Night

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1986, Topstone Industries

Going back to the 1960’s there’s been all kinds of “scary” albums released full of haunting music and scary sound effects. High winds, moaning ghosts, maniacal laughing, shrieking cats and rattling chains are par for the course. It’s only recently that I’ve discovered albums such as Sounds to Make You Shiver (1974, Pickwick International Records) and Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House (1964, Disneyland Records). From my own childhood and for many kids growing up in the 1980’s, the one horror music/effects soundtrack that made the biggest impression was the simple looking orange-and-black cassette Horror Sounds of the Night, which was released in 1986 by Danbury, Connecticut’s very own Topstone Industries.

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Dracula Untold [Movie Review]

[WARNING: May contain spoilers. And traces of nuts.]

Dracula-Untold-Poster21Dracula Untold
2014, Universal Studios

It might’ve been 84 degrees outside but that wasn’t going to stop me from my celebration of Halloween and the fall season by going to see Dracula Untold today and then washing it down with some hot chocolate from Starbucks.

Going in, I expected this to be a decent movie but I was blown away by how awesome it was. Screw the critics; they hate everything — Dracula Untold is extremely enjoyable. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best of any of Universal’s recent attempts at remaking their classic monsters (The Mummy series starring Brendan Fraser, Van HelsingThe Wolfman). The PG-13 rating doesn’t hold back the gore at all. You can get away with so much these days with just a PG-13 rating and this movie delivers quite a few gory and bloody moments while delivering tons of action.

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14 Creepy Bat-Villains Not Named the Joker

Batman has always had the most twisted villains in all of comics. So naturally it all goes hand in hand with Halloween (and Christmas as well, for some reason) and it got me thinking about putting a list together of some of Batman’s scariest villains. This is not a countdown and obviously the Joker would top the list if it was but I decided to leave the Clown Prince of Crime out of it. I wanted to concentrate on other villains that have given me the heebie-jeebies at one point or another either through their actions or their appearance.

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I always thought the Matt Hagen version of Clayface was a pretty horrific and tragic character on Batman: The Animated Series. The original Clayface was a horror movie actor named Basil Karlo (as tribute to horror icons Basil Rathbone & Boris Karloff) but it was the third Clayface, Preston Payne (pictured above), who looked the weirdest and was psycho enough to have a relationship with a department store mannequin.

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A serial killer, who kills only with a knife, and he makes cut marks on his body for every person he kills. Yeah, that’s pretty horrific.

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