The Ghost Galleon/Horror of the Zombies (1974)

A group of people stranded at sea come across an abandoned 16th century galleon, where they seek refuge. However, little do they know that the living corpses of Satan-worshiping Knights Templars have woken on the ship and are hunting for fresh victims.

REVIEW: The Ghost Galleon, also called Horror of the Zombies in a severely cut version, is the third movie in the Blind Dead series, preceded by Tombs of the Blind Dead and Return of the Evil Dead, and this one above all the other ones was the one I wanted to really like the most, mainly because it 1, breaks the formula that the first two movies followed and gives us something a bit different with the plot, which I always appreciate, and 2, I love movies that deal with creepy mysterious haunted ghost ships out in the middle of the ocean. That’s one of my all-time personal favorite horror movie settings.

I'll admit right off the bat that the Blind Dead themselves look great here as always (except their obviously-fake plastic hands, not sure why they switched skeleton hand props from the first and second movies this go-around), and the set for the galleon was amazingly well-done and beautifully creepy to look at, and that mysterious fog definitely helped raise up the uneasiness and creepy factor.

Unfortunately the plot is way too convoluted and messy for its own good, it takes WAY too long before we get any Blind Dead action, and when we do finally get it we don't get very much of it, plus the actual Blind part of their name plays absolutely zero part in this movie, it's not even so much as mentioned, much less utilized at all. Add to that they move excruciatingly slow in this entry. I mean, sure, they move slowly in every entry, but this one especially their movements were tediously slow. It also doesn’t help that not one character is likeable, so I’m not sure who we were supposed to be rooting for during the entire thing.

I hate it when an entry in a series that you look forward to the most ends up being the one you hate the most, because not only do you have to deal with a bad movie, but you also have to deal with a massive amount of disappointment on top of that.

3/10 rooms in the Psych Ward


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