I finally wrapped up Amando de Ossorio’s “Blind Dead” series last night, so here are my thoughts on the series’ final two entries:
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.
This time, the Knights Templar are cruising up and down the Mediterranean in a ghost ship, looking for victims. A publicity stunt gone wrong finds two attractive young women stuck at sea on a boat and they become victims of the Templars after climbing aboard. A search party is formed to find the two girls but the hunt for the girls quickly turns into a matter of survival once they board the ship.
This one was a pretty entertaining and moody film once the search party gets on board the galleon. The scenes on the ship were dark and surrounded by fog. The ship exists in a different dimension so the idea of being stuck in the dark fog and waiting for these undead knights to creep out of their coffins from the base of the ship is pretty eerie and claustrophobic.
Before everyone gets on the ship, the movie is pretty terrible. Bad dialogue, bad acting from the voice over actors and the plot makes very little sense. That said, if you’ve already watched the first two Blind Dead movies, you might as well watch the third because you’ll find the second and third acts to be pretty entertaining.
This is the final entry in the Blind Dead series and it’s a bit of a departure, in my opinion. Not that even of the other Blind Dead movies ever moved along at a break-neck pace but this is a very slow-moving movie. It doesn’t even feel like a Blind Dead movie for the most part. A lot of the movie is spent building up suspense and having the townsfolk act creepy. It really feels more like a movie from Hammer Films at times, but then there are those Blind Dead moments like when the Knights make their sacrifices and cut out a woman’s heart.
Set in a coastal town, for seven nights every seven years, the villagers must offer up a female virgin as sacrifice to the Knights Templar. Either that or get killed and eaten themselves, I suppose.
Why doesn’t everyone just move?
Like I said, a slow movie at times but there’s enough spurts of blood every now and again (pun intended) and atmosphere to keep horror fans satisfied. The movie has multiple foreign titles such as Don’t Go Out at Night, Night of the Death Cult and Terror Beach.
Amando de Ossorio’s was in his early 60s and winding down his film-making career the late 1970s but it sure would have been interesting to see how, if at all, George A. Romero’s genre-defining Dawn of the Dead might have affected the Spanish writer/director. While not technically zombie movies, it’s easy to see why some might make the connection with the Blind Dead films, so I wonder what a fifth Blind Dead film, post-Dawn of the Dead could have been.