Director – Amando de Ossorio
Cast – Victor Petit, Maria Kosty, Sandra Mozarowsky, Jose Antonio Calvo, Julia Saly, Javier de Rivera
Release Year – 1975
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Writer/director Amando de Ossorio once again returned for his fourth and final installment to his “Blind Dead” series, “Night of the Seagulls”. Once again taking his “Blind Dead” series in a different direction like his did with his previous effort, “The Ghost Galleon“, this film proved to be an improvement over “The Ghost Galleon” and added some interesting concepts to it’s Templar-driven plot. Gladly, it seems this franchise ended on a positive note, which I find joy in given this is one of horror’s coolest film series to date.
“Night of the Seagulls” follows Dr. Henry Stein and his wife Joan Stein as they move to a new town where Henry is set to replace an old doctor. The townsfolk do not welcome them, and shun them at every opportunity. When young girls begin to go missing Henry tries to find out what the cause is, much to the dismay of the locals. Henry and Joan soon learn that the city they now reside in has a dark past, one that requires them to sacrifice virgins to appease a sect of blind undead Templar Knights. Every seven years the Templars resurrect for seven days and must be given a virgin each night to ensure the town’s safety. Dr. Stein and his wife sure have found a new beginning, and more than likely an end as well.
It seems Mr. Ossorio realized his failure in taking the franchise to the sea in “The Ghost Galleon” and not executing that excellent aspect properly. He brought his franchise back home to the shores of Portugal, but this time threw in some great conflict for our protagonists that only aided the conflict created by the undead Templars. Sure we have seen on multiple occasions the “eerie townsfolk who do not welcome the outsiders” type of sub-plots, but this one worked for this film and saved it from being a snoozer had Ossorio gone back to the usual undead Templar plot. I liked that this was increased when we learned of the Templars demands that they be given a virgin every night for seven nights, it added to this film’s creative element. Big improvement over “The Ghost Galleon” Amando, thanks!
Once again, we are graced with the presence of some awesome looking Templar Knights. The Templar action in this flick was great, and gave us what we horror fans want. Ossorio did a great job creating and very creepy and effective atmosphere, even without showing his undead. His scene development was key to this film, and the elongated scenes of our protagonists preparing for the undead onslaught was awesome. His musical score was chilling as usual, and this film only left me wanting more Templar knight action.
I did find some pacing issues with this film, and it was hard for me to keep my interest at times. Some scenes seemed overly long and included nonsense that could have been done away with. Thankfully, Ossorio upped the Templar action in this film(compared to it’s predecessor) and it helped me forget some of this film’s troubles.
Overall, this is a positive watch that I recommend to fans of this “Blind Dead” series, and to those who would like to see some of the sweetest looking undeads around.