Night of the Seagulls (Blind Dead 4)

AKA: La Noche de los Gaviotas, Don't Go Out at Night ,
Terror Beach Night of the Blood Cult , Night of the Death Cult, Blind Dead 4

Night of the Seagulls (Blind Dead 4)Following on from the disappointing "Horror of the Zombies" this, the fourth in Amando DeOssorio's Blind Dead quartet, saw our nights in rotting armour making a welcome return in doing what they do best. Galloping about on their zombie horses, terrorising local villagers and sacrificing young maidens.

The film is set in a small coastal town where the newly arrived doctor, Henry Stein (Victor Petit) and his wife Joan have come to set up their practice. Unfortunately, they find that the locals are none too receptive to their presence and, in some cases, damn near hostile. They are also disturbed by the previous doctor's warning about them not to poke about into the local customs, and to never leave the house at night.

They try not to think too much about these events, but after befriending the town loony Teddy (why is there ALWAYS a town loony in these films?), they learn that the town is actually in the middle of a 7 year ritual, in which the blind dead Templar Knights rise from their graves to claim a sacrifice for the sea deity they worship, and to drink their blood to sustain their damned existence. When this happens, the townsfolk have to provide a sacrifice each night for seven days in order that their village be spared, and the newly arrived doctor has blundered right into the middle this.

When the villagers come take their young house keeper, Lucy, doctor Stein tries to intervene and prevent her from being killed. Unfortunately, this leads to a confrontation with the Blind Dead, resulting in series of running battles as the doctor, his wife, Teddy and Susan try to escape from the galloping ghouls.

This is by far a much better entry into the series than the previous film, and fans of the first two movies shouldn't be disappointed. The slow motion chase on horseback across the shoreline is wonderfully creepy, as is the old castle that the Templars occupy. My only minor gripe about this feature would be the use of stock footage from the first film showing the Templars rising from the graves, but apart from that this is a very worthy final outing for our visually challenged foes.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Although this was the last in the "Blind Dead" films, it wasn't quite their last appearance. They also made a very brief appearance in a nightmare scene from the extremely hard to find 1975 Spanish horror film "The Devil's Cross" by John Gilling. However, there are currently no known releases of this film in existence.

  • Maria Kosti, who plays Dr Stein's wife Joan, also appeared in Amando DeOsorio's "Night of the Sorcerer" with Jack Taylor from the "Horror of the Zombies" and Joseph Phelman from "Tombs..". These days she can often be found appearing in Spanish TV series.

  • 16 year old Sandra Mozarowsky, who played Lucy, was one of the foremost young actresses of Spanish horror/exploitation films at the time. Her first film was in 1969 at the age of 10, and she appeared in over 17 other movies during her short lived career which ended in 1977 after she, sadly, committed suicide aged only 18.

  • Originally released on UK video back in the early 80's on the "Archer Video" label, this was withdrawn after the Video Recordings act came into effect in 1984, only to be re-released in the late 80's under the title "Don't go out at Night" which was cut by 1M:6s by the BBFC prior to release.

  • The current UK DVD and US releases are both fully uncut.

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