With TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, director De Ossorio introduced a new breed of horror villain, the Knights Templar, a 13th-century band of soldiers who fought bravely in the Crusades. When the group began dabbling in black magic and Satan worship, memebers were caught, excommunicated by the
Church, and hanged, their bodies left to rot with their eyes plucked out by crows. Part vampire, part zombie, the skeletal Templars are condemned to wander the earth for eternity--sucking the blood from their victims. Although blind, the slow-moving Templars can locate victims by the sounds they
make--from a scream to a heartbeat. This second sequel to TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1971) finds the Knights Templar on board a mysterious, fog-shrouded Spanish galleon that waylays stranded ships. When a sporting goods magnate sets two bikini-clad models adrift on the ocean as a publicity stunt,
the women soon fall victim to the Templars. Fearing trouble, the entrepreneur--accompanied by his assistant, the modeling-agency boss, the roommate of one of the models, and a scientist aware of the Templar legend--sails his yacht into the vicinity in an effort to rescue the girls. The first hour
is somewhat slow, with the running time including posing sessions with the models and a rather incongruous scene in which the megalomaniacal magnate holds the model's roommate hostage in a dungeonlike chamber. HORROR OF THE ZOMBIES pays off, however, when the Knights Templar rise from their
shipboard tombs to attack the living. The atmospheric scenes aboard the decrepit galleon (long shots of which obviously are of a model ship, unfortunately) are genuinely creepy and may have been borrowed by John Carpenter for THE FOG (1980). Best of all, however, is the ending, in which the two
survivors wash up on the beach, besieged by the ever-vigilant Templars, who rise from the ocean to attack them while their haunting theme music (a pseudo-Gregorian chant) is heard. Followed by NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS (1975).
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- Released: 1974
- Rating: R
- Review: With TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, director De Ossorio introduced a new breed of horror villain, the Knights Templar, a 13th-century band of soldiers who fought bravely in the Crusades. When the group began dabbling in black magic and Satan worship, memebers we… (more)