La noche del terror ciego (1971)

Spain, Portugal, 1971
86m (UK, USA), 101m, 7704 feet (UK)
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.66:1
stereo, Spanish

A Spanish/Portuguese horror film directed by Amando de Ossorio.

Plot Summary

A group of young people on holiday in the Portuguese countryside are menaced by a horde of blind, undead knights Templar, resurrected as zombies centuries after they were executed for staging rituals in which they drank human blood and sacrificed young women.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Amando de Ossorio
Deposito Legal: M-29400-1971
Plata Films S.A. -Mardrid, Interfilme – Lisbon
Executive Producer: Salvadore Romero
Producer: José A. Perez Giner
Written by: Amando de Ossorio
English Adaptation: Robert Oliver [real name: Dick Randall]
Director of Photography: Pablo Ripoll
Editor: José Antonio Rojo
Music: Antón García Abril
Sound Director: José María Sanmateo
Costumes: Cornejo [real name: Humberto Cornejo]
Make-up: José Luis Campos
Special Effects: José Gómez Soria
Art Director: Jaime Duarte De Brito

Cast
Lone Fleming (Betty Turner)
César Burner (Roger Whelan)
Helen Harp [real name: María Elena Arpón[/mfn] (Virginia White)
Joseph Thelman (Pedro Candal)
Rufino Inglés (Inspector Oliveira)
Verónica Llimera (Nina)
Simón Arriaga “Garibaldi” (morgue keeper)
Francisco Sanz (Professor Candal)
Juan Cortés (coroner)
Andrés Speizer
Antonio Orengo (train engineer)
José Camoiras
María Silva (Maria)
Britt Nichols [sacrificial victim] *
Pedro Sempson [voice of train engineer] *

Alternative Titles

The Blind Dead – USA
Crypt of the Blind Dead
Mark of the Devil, Part 4: Tombs of the Blind Dead
– USA
Die Nacht der reitenden Leichen
– West Germany
Night of the Blind Dead
La noche de la muerta ciega
A Noite do Terror Cego
– Portugal
Revenge from Planet Ape
– USA
Le tombe dei resuscitati ciechi
– Italy
Tombs of the Blind Dead

Sequels
El ataque de los muertos sin ojos (1973)
El buque maldito (1973)
La noche de las gaviotas (1975)

Extracts included in
Amando de Ossorio: El último templario (2001)
Don’t Scream It’s Only a Movie (1989)

See also
Curse of the Blind Dead (2020)

References

Periodicals

  • Cineinforme no.149 (April 1972) p.10 – review
  • CinemaTV Today no.100034 (2 June 1973) p.17 – review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Empire no.199 (January 2006) p.184 – illustrated DVD review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.474 (July 1973) p.150 – credits, synopsis, review (by Richard Combs)
  • Video Business vol.4 no.20 (16 July 1984) p.28 – review

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.65-66
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.239
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.226, 242-44, 327
  • Film Review 1974-75 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.210
  • Horror! 333 Films to Scare You to Death by James Marriott & Kim Newman p.152
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.401
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.513
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.238-240 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.497 – credits
  • Sex, Sadism, Spain and Cinema by Nicholas G. Schlegel pp.58-67 – illustrated essay
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.433-435 – illustrated review (by Grant Rollo)
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle pp.171-173