Ataque de los Muertos sin Ojos (1973) 1 brain1 brain

Alternate Titles:

The Blind Dead 2
Attack of the Blind Dead
Mark of the Devil 5: Return of the Blind Dead
Return of the Evil Dead

This is the second film in the Blind Dead series, directed by Amando de Ossorio. It was filmed in Spanish, but has been dubbed, and I saw it under the title of Return of the Evil Dead. It's also known as Mark of the Devil 5, and I noticed that The Blind Dead is also Mark of the Devil 4. This begs the question of whether there are previous Marks of the Devil that go into the negative numbers for the Blind Dead. To confuse the issue further, there is another series of movies about witches that use Mark of the Devil titles.

I haven't seen the first or fourth Blind Dead as of this writing, but Blind Dead 2 is supposed to be the best of the series (and it definitely surpasses The Blind Dead 3). The story is about a local band of Templar knights that were blinded and killed by the locals 500 years before. As the town is celebrating the 500th anniversary of this victory, the Templars return, wreaking havoc.

The film runs hot and cold, with way too much footage of the Templars riding their zombie horses in slow motion. De Ossorio seems to be one of those horror directors who tries to create atmosphere and suspense by taking a scary scene and dragging it out. The good parts of the movie are enjoyable, though, and the storyline, even though drawn out, is interesting. The fact that the Templars are blind gives the story an interesting twist and gives the humans an extra edge in their attempt to survive.

The hero is an American fireworks salesman (Tony Kendall), who happens to be an old flame of the assistant (Esperanza Roy) to the self-centered mayor, who turns out to be quite a nasty character. Several characters get holed up in a church together, with the Templar knights outside, picking off the people foolish enough to try and escape. Overall, I found the film interesting, but don't expect nonstop action.