Wednesday, 24 September 2008

LA NOCHE DEL TERROR CIEGO/Tombs of the Blind Dead(1971)

This film has a pretty good reputation but I fully expected to be disappointed by it. I wasn't. To be honest, it's pretty lightweight on content - it's more just an idea; vampire knights rise from the dead in an old ruined Abbey and kill people and that's about it but despite the main characters wandering endlessly around the ruins it works rather well and the boredom that, for me, usually accompanies 1970's films of this kind never set in. Certainly I was in the right mood for it having watched, earlier in the evening, a documentary about the Knight Templars (in the film the vampire knights are identified as Templars although it seems that in the original Spanish version this is not so, they are only refered to as Knights from the Orient). Probably, the reason the film works so well is that once they appear the Knights are pretty impressively eerie, mould covered rotting sons of bitches. The finale where the Knights massacre a train and then ride it back into the centre of the town is a terrific nightmare concept. Yes, TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD fully deserves its reputation as a classic, albeit a minor one. Rating ***
My thanks to Cerpts for making this available to view. I now look forward to the sequel (s)

5 comments:

Cerpts said...

Aw shucks. Anytime I can provide access to mould covered rotting sons of bitches, I deem it well worth getting up in the morning. Glad you liked 'em! That train-ride back into town WAS a hoot, wasn't it?

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Cerpts said...

Can someone please explain to me why blogger posts the same comment twice??? When I only push the "publish your comment" button once?!?!? Anyone??? Anyone???

Weaverman said...

Perhaps it's a bit like NEW YORK. NEW YORK - what you say is so good they print it twice!

Cerpts said...

Must be!

It happened again on the MURDER BY THE CLOCK post up there.