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TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD ($40) is a somewhat more obscure horror outing, which will be better known to the fans of the genre, than a more mainstream audience. If it were not for genre fans Vini Bancalari and Don May Jr. of Elite Entertainment Inc., such titles would never appear on Laserdisc. For the uninitiated, TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is about a long dead sect known as the Templar Knights. The Templar Knights were practitioners of the black arts, whose rituals included drinking blood in an effort to gain immortality. The villagers upon whom the Templars preyed finally rose up and killed the sect. The bodies of the Templars were hung from trees, where birds pecked out their eyes. The plot of TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD picks up the story several centuries later. When a young woman happens upon the Templar’s burial ground, the Knights rise up out of their graves to feast upon her blood. When friends of the young woman go in search of the true cause of her death, they too come across the long dead Templars, who hunt their victims by sound. Under the direction of Armando de Ossorio, TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is a wonderfully atmospheric horror film. The sequences featuring the Templar Knights are very stylish and creepy. As it turns out, they were quite influential in the world of horror cinema. Fans of John Carpenter’s THE FOG may find the visage of the Templars somewhat familiar. Since TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is a Spanish language film, the exposition may seem a bit slow and awkward, but the scenes with the Templars more than make up for it. The Elite Entertainment edition of TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is the complete uncensored cut of the film, which includes nudity and violence removed from other video versions.

Elite Entertainment Inc. has done a terrific job transferring TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD to Laserdisc. The transfer is very detailed and the image has been Letterboxed to an appropriate 1.66:1. Colors are very strong, although the tones definitely have the appearance of early seventies film stocks. English subtitles are presented on the lower portion of the screen. Since the Letterboxing is slight, the subtitles do fall upon the film image. The digitally encoded monaural soundtrack is reasonably good. The Pioneer pressing had only modest speckling. Congratulations to the fine folks at Elite Entertainment- TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD is real treat for horror fans.


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