Night of the Seagulls

Day Twenty Three of the 2010 Silver Shamrock Happy Halloween Countdown!

Happy Halloween Countdown Day Twenty Three

Night of the Seagulls
It’s not a movie about seagulls.  Sorry.  This is the fourth and final installment of Armado’s de Ossorio’s Blind Dead series. You might wonder why I’d choose the last one in a series.  After all, wouldn’t it be better to see them in order? Nope.  None of these movies really have anything to do with each other except that the villains are undead Templar monks.  Life is a hoot in a rural Spanish fishing village  when undead warrior monks from the middle ages demand virgin sacrifices from the local populace to satisfy their batrachian demon  sea god.  Yeah, it’s every bit as lurid as it sounds

Most of the stock features from the previous three are here too.  Creepy villagers? Check.  Retarded guy?  Check.  Macho hero?  Check. Creepy desiccated undead monks?  Check.   Ghastly zombie groans sounding like church chant music?  Check.  At least one hot chick getting her top ripped off?  Check.  Rape as a casual way to pass the time? Nope, not in this one.  So for fans of rape, try the previous three Blind Dead films, especially the third one, Ghost Galleon, it’s rape-o-riffic.

Something weird is going on in the village, and it’s up to the  newly arrived city slicker doctor and his uppity wife to figure it out. Night of the Seagulls has a pretty simple plot.  A group of undead Templar monks rise from the grave every seven years for seven nights to collect a virgin from a secluded fishing village to sacrifice to Dagon.  This arrangement has been in place since the middle ages, while the villagers are not happy about it, it’s better than getting massacred, which is what happened the last time they held out.

Night of Seagulls is the best of the series, following hot on the heels of Ghost Galleon, which is aptly named since it is a total shipwreck and the worst of the lot.  There is nothing coy about any of the Blind Dead films.  There is a lot of blood and gore and the undead Templars are not at all shy in front of the camera.  Unlike the characters in previous outings, in Night of the Seagulls, the characters are somewhat likable, so you’re not automatically cheering for the Templars to eat everyone or feed them to their Lovecraftian Frog God.

The make-up and zombie effects are on par with the other Blind Dead movies, which to say the undead Templars are their normal slow moving, mummified grisly selves.  The zombie voiced Gregorian chant will haunt your dreams.

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