Director – Amando de Ossorio
Cast – Maria Perschy, Jack Taylor, Barbara Rey, Carlos Lemos, Manuel de Blas, Blanca Estrada
Release Year – 1974
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Spanish director Amando de Ossorio followed his two previous(and positive) installments to this “Dead Series”, Tombs of the Blind Dead and Return of the Evil Dead with his third installment, The Ghost Galleon, by far the weakest of his series. I really wanted to like this film because I LOVE the look of Ossorio’s blind dead Templars, but they simply were not enough to save this film. Nonetheless this wasn’t an entirely bad watch, but in the end was nothing special and unfortunately a waste of effort on what could have been an awesome film. Read on.
This flick follows Lillian(Maria Perschy) as she tries to track down her missing roommate Noemi(Barbara Rey). Her search takes her to the eccentric lair of Howard Tucker(Jack Taylor), a entrepreneur who is using her roommate in a publicity stunt to promote his newest speed boat model. Loemi, a model, is on board a boat with another model and instead of succeeding in their publicity mission, come across an ancient galleon that engulfs them in fog. Unable to due anything due to the thick fog, the two models board the ship, which just happens to hold the undead Templar knights! Desperate to keep this catastrophe under wraps, Howard Tucker embarks on a mission to save the two girls, and brings Lillian and a few other cohorts along. Upon reaching the ship they realize this is no ordinary ship, and upon boarding it realize that they have made the mistake of a lifetime.
I can honestly say that this film’s plot really intrigued me. I loved the idea of Ossorio taking his undead Templar saga from the land over to the sea, and the fact that it took place on an old galleon just added to the creep-factor. You should know by now that I am a huge fan of “nowhere-to-run” atmospheres used in film, and an old galleon in the middle of the sea is perfect for that. The atmosphere was amazing, and I applaud writer/director Amando de Ossorio for that. The dark and grainy cinematography was perfect, and his usual blind Templars were creepy as hell in this already creepy atmosphere. Unfortunately for this flick, that is pretty much all that is positive about it.
Amando de Ossorio’s overall writing and plot is where this film suffered the most. The plot holes are wide enough to fit the Titanic through and the storyline is just plain boring and uneventful. The storyline never moves very much and we are left with a stagnant plot that only moves about once every thirty minutes. I’ve seen sloths move more than this film’s plot did. In all honesty, I want to believe that Amando de Ossorio just felt pressure to make another film, was out of ideas, and just threw all of this together with very little writing effort. This ultimately affected his direction a bit, especially the pacing. Now as I said earlier the atmosphere was amazing, but everything else was just sheepishly done and uneventful. We don’t get very much Templar action(unlike it’s predecessor), and whatever action we do get is cool to watch, yet too slow to make any impact on the film.
Overall, this is a sub-par flick from a director that has given us some of the coolest undead flicks out there, and I would only suggest you check this out if you area fan of his undead Templar knights work. Otherwise, skip this one.