This Amando De Ossorio classic is packaged as part of a terrific
double-feature DVD (with Return of the Blind Dead, which
I'll review soon) from Anchor Bay, but is also available on VHS.
Virginia and Betty, two old friends, run into each other at a
swimming pool. As they're getting reacquainted, Virginia's studly
boyfriend Roger (the suavest guy ever!) emerges from the
pool and invites Betty to join them on a camping trip--much to
Virginia's chagrin. As they tool along on the train, we discover
that Virginia's got some history of the horizontal kind with Betty.
When Roger flirts with the new arrival, Virginia gets huffy and
jumps off the train, making her way to a nearby castle--a castle
the locals superstitiously avoid. ... OK, I don't think I have
to tell you that this old pile of rocks is home to--the Tombs
of the Blind Dead! Virginia starts a fire, unrolls her sleeping
bag, and before she can get even a few pages into her cheap novel,
a shitload of creepy zombies are clawing their way outta the ground
and shambling (or riding horses!) toward her. When her
body turns up chewed and manhandled, Roger and Betty set out to
get to the bottom of things. Tracking down a screwball professor,
they get the poop on the zombies--actually the mortal remains
of the Knights Templar, who were punished for their satanic misdeeds
by being strung up, after which their eyes were eaten by crows!
This leads to some especially freaky stuff, as the zombies can
only track their prey by listening for them. Roger and
Betty recruit the professor's son, a well known smuggler (!) to
help them find the truth about Virginia's killers, and then all
hell breaks loose as the walking dead shuffle into action. I gotta
say, nothing gives me the heebie-jeebies like a good zombie flick,
and while Tombs has some slow places and is relatively
light on the gore, it delivers the atmospheric chills in bucketloads.
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