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Tombs of the Blind Dead

aka La noche del terror ciego; A Noite do Terror Cego; The Blind Dead; Revenge from Planet Ape

  • Year:1972
  • Country of origin: Spain, Portugal
  • Genre: Horror
  • Director: Amando de Ossorio
  • Length: 101 min
  • IMDb rating: Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972) on IMDb
Poster of Tombs of the Blind Dead

...[an] explosive fusion of ancient and modern in which ghastly revenants visit a hideous revenge on the feckless representatives of the Age of Aquarius. ...Rising remorselessly from their ankh-adorned tombs and closing with diabolical purpose on their victims, these Templars are brilliantly designed to resemble Mrs Bates from Psycho with added facial hair, making them look like devilish old goats from beyond the grave. Better still, Ossorio mounts them on zombie steeds and has them swirl after their quarry in otherworldly slow motion — to stunning effect. And they’re accompanied by pseudo-Gregorian musique concrète that’s chilling in itself.

Jonathan Rigby, Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema (Signum Books, 2016)

A Spanish classic! True, the film is relentlessly slow and takes forever to get going, but the introduction of the horse-riding, skeletal, hooded Templar Knights makes this film a definite must see. ...a classic in atmosphere and execution.

Danny Shipka, Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France, 1960-1980 (McFarland & Company, 2011)

Selected disc options for Tombs of the Blind Dead

Extras
Gabita Barbieri box art
Gabita Barbieri BD-ALL/ES 2021
Blue Underground box art
Blue Underground DVD-1/US 2006
Blue Underground box art
Blue Underground DVD-1/US/OOP 2005
Anchor Bay box art
Anchor Bay DVD-0/US/OOP 1998
Amando de Ossorio: The Last Templar [Blue Underground] (In Spanish with English Subtitles, TV Documentary, 2001, 24:54) has extra
Amando de Ossorio: The Last Templar [Gabita Barbieri] (In Spanish, TV Documentary, 2001, 24:56) has extra
Unearthing the Blind Dead [Blue Underground] - Interview with Director/Writer Amando de Ossorio (In Spanish with English Subtitles, 10:41) has extra
Unearthing the Blind Dead [Gabita Barbieri] - Interview with Director/Writer Amando de Ossorio (In Spanish, 10:44) has extra
Alternate US Opening Title Sequence as “Revenge from Planet Ape” (1:36) has extra has extra
Stills Gallery [Blue Underground] (94 Images) has extra has extra
Stills Gallery [Gabita Barbieri] (2:25) has extra
US Theatrical Trailer (2:39) has extra has extra has extra
“Amando de Ossorio: Farewell to Spain’s Knight of Horror” - Written by Mike Hodges (PDF, 4 Pages) has extra

Notes

Ultimate Edition

Combine the best digital presentation with a selection of choice extras for the ultimate edition.

  • Amando de Ossorio: The Last Templar [Blue Underground] (In Spanish with English Subtitles, TV Documentary, 2001, 24:54)
  • Unearthing the Blind Dead [Blue Underground] (In Spanish with English Subtitles, 10:41)
Presentation Gabita Barbieri BD 2021
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
      • Resolution: 1080p24
      • Overall bit rate: 24.51 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.65:1
      • Length:1:40:42.666
      • File size: 19.86 GiB
      • Notes: Spanish Version
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1066 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
    • File 2
      • Language: Spanish DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 1071 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
  • Subtitles
    • English
    • Portuguese
    • Spanish
Blue Underground DVD 2006
  • Video
    • File 1
      • Codec: MPEG-2
      • Resolution: 480p
      • Overall bit rate: 5.21 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.68:1 Anamorphic
      • Length:1:41:18.072
      • File size: 3.83 GiB
      • Notes: Spanish Version
    • File 2
      • Codec: MPEG-2
      • Resolution: 480i
      • Overall bit rate: 5.32 Mbps
      • Aspect ratio: 1.67:1 Anamorphic
      • Length:1:22:53.985
      • File size: 3.20 GiB
      • Notes: US Version
  • Audio
    • File 1
      • Language: Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 192 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
      • Notes: Spanish Version
    • File 2
      • Language: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
      • Sampling rate: 48 kHz
      • Bit rate: 192 kbps
      • Bit depth: 16-bit
      • Notes: US Version
  • Subtitles
    • English
Extras Amando de Ossorio: The Last Templar [Blue Underground] (In Spanish with English Subtitles, TV Documentary, 2001, 24:54, 480i) Blue Underground DVD
Unearthing the Blind Dead [Blue Underground] - Interview with Director/Writer Amando de Ossorio (In Spanish with English Subtitles, 10:41, 480i) Blue Underground DVD
Alternate US Opening Title Sequence as “Revenge from Planet Ape” (1:36, 480i) Blue Underground DVD
Stills Gallery [Blue Underground] (94 Images) Blue Underground DVD
Stills Gallery [Gabita Barbieri] (2:25, 720p) Gabita Barbieri BD
US Theatrical Trailer (2:30, 480i) Blue Underground DVD
“Amando de Ossorio: Farewell to Spain’s Knight of Horror” - Written by Mike Hodges (PDF, 4 Pages) Blue Underground DVD