Friday, October 9, 2009

Return of the Evil Dead

The Return of the Evil Dead
(El ataque de los muertos sin ojos)

Written & Directed by Amando de Ossorio

Jack Marlowe...Tony Kendall
Mayor Duncan...Fernando Sancho
Vivian...Esperanza Roy
Murdo...Jose Canalejas

Following up on an ages-old promise (i.e., threat), the blind warlocks of the Knights Templar return from the grave to destroy the village of Bouzano that condemned them to death. They do so on zombie horseback, or slowly on foot...oh, so slowly...terrorizing the townsfolk and tearing them to bloody shreds during the annual Burning Festival--a celebration in which effigies of the Templars are burned at the stake.


No wonder they chose this night for revenge.

The villagers fight back with pitchforks and farm implements, lead in the charge by Jack Marlowe, a former Captain-cum-fireworks technician (seriously!) in the process of stealing away Vivian, the mayor's fiance.

Before long, Jack, Vivian, the mayor and a handful of others are holed up in an old church Night of the Living Dead style, making one final stand.

This is the second in the quadrilogy of films (following Tombs of the Blind Dead), but strange in that it mostly ignores the original all together, even going so far as to alter the mythology. This time around, the Templars aren't blind because they were hung and the birds ate their eyes. They're blind because they were burned alive, but not until after their eyes were melted out with a torch. And because of this, they're afraid of fire--like they could see it!

All in all, this is a slow, dull and ultimately derivative exploration of Italian horror cinema. It's not nearly as sleazy, exploitative or entertaining as the original, although I must admit that the final moments were quite tense.

Stay tuned for more!



View the trailer below!


1973
Rated R
91 Minutes
Color
Spanish
Spain

Return of the Evil Dead is currently ranked #100,838 in DVD's at Amazon.com. Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!

"Have they heard your heart beating?"
--J/Metro

2 comments:

  1. Well, I'll bet that title was put to the movie a little later...

    JM

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  2. Considering the movie has 13 AKA's, I would say your're right.

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