Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)
In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life by drinking human blood and committing sacrifices to their 'God'. Executed for their unholy deeds, the Templars bodies were left out for the crows to peck out their eyes. Now, in modern day Portugal, a group of people stumble on the Templars abandoned monastery, reviving their rotting corpses to terrorize the land.
REVIEW: The first time I watched Tombs of the Blind Dead, a cult classic Spanish horror movie from 1972, I watched the horrible American dub/cut of this movie which removed some scenes and rearranged other scenes, and I hated it. On a rewatch, this time of the original uncut original Spanish version, Tombs of the Blind Dead is still not quite as good as I've heard from multiple reviews and podcasts, however this version of the movie is certainly a hell of a lot better than the shitty nonsensical American cut of the film, which I watched last time and could honestly say I had no idea just what the hell was going on in that version of the movie 95% of the time. You definitely need to be a fan of low budget 1970s eurotrash horror flicks to really find a lot of enjoyment here, but if you do there's tons to like.
The atmosphere of the movie is great, the design and costumes for the Blind Dead look fantastic, the music is catchy as hell, and the ending of the movie is one of the most unexpected and disturbing endings I've seen in a long time, and I'm sure it will stick with me for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately, none of the characters are likable at all, half the time they don't even act like real people, why they choose to do some of the things they do and act the way they act is confusing as hell, and there's a random rape scene thrown in that really, honestly, has nothing to do with anything and comes out of nowhere, and nothing really comes from it after, so it just feels horribly unnecessary and random.
Like I said above, Tombs of the Blind Dead isn't as good as I've heard it was, but for die hard horror fans, especially of the classic stuff, there's still lots to enjoy here if you can look past its many shortcomings.