My take: An interesting zombie film from Spain that has a good balance of scary and cheesy scenes.
Rating: 3 out of 4 stars
1972 seems to have been full of characters displaying wonton acts of hubris. In Baron Blood, a character decides to go and awaken his long dead and devilishly evil ancestor. In Tombs of the Blind Dead, a girl goes and decides it is a good idea to sleep alone in an old, abandoned monastery. Why not? What could happen?
Then, when she winds up dead, her friends decide they should also go to this old monastery. This despite the fact that every local who speaks of that place is absolutely terrified.
Hubris, hubris, and more hubris.
They should have known that the monastery was inhabited by zombie-like, demon worshipping Templars. It is a horror movie, after all. What did they expect?
And those devil-worshipping zombies are quite terrifying. They elevate the film above the standard horror stories of the era, and paved the way for three sequels to this story.
I would recommend this movie to people who like zombie films and 70s horror.
I got a copy from Netflix on DVD, which had a subtitled and a dubbed version. Here is a trailer on YouTube: