TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD
THE BLIND DEAD; NIGHT OF THE BLIND DEAD
(La Noche del Terror Ciego)
Tombs of the Blind Dead was almost certainly influenced by the cult success of George Romeros zombie film Night of the Living Dead (1969). As a film, Tombs of the Blind Dead is slim on plot Elena Arpons reasons for getting off the train are highly contrived, for instance. However, Amando De Ossorio soon develops a remarkable atmosphere. The images of the rotting Templars rising from their graves, the slow-motion horse chase, the images of skeletal hands coming through walls and doors, all accompanied by a sepulchral, incredibly atmospheric score, comes with unearthly effect. The climax of the film is superbly sustained with a gripping scene where Lone Fleming manages to avoid the blind zombie Templars all around her by staying still and being quiet but they then managing to hear her amplified heartbeat, and a seat-edge slow motion chase across the open field to get to the passing train. The subsequent bloodbath aboard the train, which tries to copy Night of the Living Dead, is disappointingly bloodless.
There is a certain undertow of sadism against women in the film in one scene, a topless women is tied up and whipped to death. On the other hand, compared to Amando De Ossorios countryman Jesus Francos extraordinarily sadistic output, Tombs of the Blind Dead is a model of chastity (something that De Ossorio certainly left behind in later films). The female leads remain clothed when Elena Arpon undresses all we see is her bare butt and bra. There is a lesbian love scene but it is an enchantingly poetic one where the girls remained clothed and the steam and sounds of the train from where the flashback is occurring intrude into the scene with appealingly surreal effect.
The other Blind Dead films are: Attack of the Blind Dead/Return of the Blind Dead/Return of the Evil Dead (1973), Horror of the Zombies/Ghosts Ships of the Blind Dead (1974) and Night of the Seagulls (1975). Most of these hide under a variety of alternate titles and video versions so obtaining an accurate listing or even an accurate chronology can prove confusing. House of the Living Dead (1985) was a loose remake directed by Jesus Franco. Amando De Ossorios other horror films are:- Malenka/Fangs of the Living Dead (1969), Night of the Sorcerers (1974), Demon Witch Child (1975), The Loreleis Grasp/When the Screaming Stops (1976) and The Sea Serpent (1984).
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