director Amando de Ossorio
Zombies have surely evolved in movies since their earliest days. Tombs of the Blind Dead features a branch of the family tree quite different than your 1960’s/1970’s Romero-style beings, a far, far cry from the Caribbean-style zombies of early lore, and probably much removed from today’s The Walking Dead brood. In fact, director Amando de Ossorio apparently didn’t even like to consider the “Blind Dead” of his film to even be zombies.
Fair enough. They are a different order.
In fact, they are blinded Templar knights, sometimes riding zombie horses? Tombs of the Blind Dead is a strange and eerie piece of cinema, apparently the first of a series of films from de Ossorio (including Return of the Blind Dead (1973), The Ghost Galleon (1974), and Night of the Seagulls (1975) — which I will have to seek out!) Evocatively set in isolated ruins, taking a different tack than other zombie films, I really can think of nothing quite like it. I feel as if I’ve discovered a new breed, at least in my personal catalog of horror film.