CURSE OF THE BLIND DEAD (2020) Reviews and overview

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Curse of the Blind Dead is a 2020 Italian horror film directed by Raffaele Picchio (Dark Silence aka The Blind King; Morituris) from a screenplay written by Lorenzo Paviano, based on a storyline by Francesco H. Aliberti from characters created by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and Amando de Ossorio. Also known as The Curse of the Knight Templar (sic)

The Mafarka Film production stars Aaron Stielstra (Landing Lake; Zombie Massacre 2: Reich of the DeadWastelander; Anger of the Dead; Starship Troopers), Alice Zanini, Francesca Pellegrini and Bill Hutchens.

In the 13th Century, a group of Satan worshipers, the Knight Templars, is captured during a ritual and brutally murdered by the locals. Just before the execution, the Knights swear to return from their graves to haunt the village and the nearby forest.

Centuries later, in a post-apocalyptic future, a man and his daughter try to survive against both the undead knights and a sect commanded by a mad preacher…

“If Curse of the Blind Dead is a stand-alone film, I can accept it as a clear homage to the Ossorio originals as well as a frustrating attempt at something with a bit of depth. Instead, we get a grimy, occasionally gory, and mostly repetitive film that is better as a conversation starter than as a horror movie.” Horror News

“At its best, Curse of the Blind Dead is a bloody, unflinching zombie film with a brutality that reflects the cold nature residing within human beings, with a few moments that will undoubtedly shock and horrify you. Unfortunately, it just happens to be as exciting as watching a corpse rot whenever the Templars are absent from the screen, which is a good portion of the film.” Killer Horror Critic

” …the film ends on a climactic yet abrupt note, which might potentially be a set-up for a sequel, although the plotline deems it neither pertinent nor necessary. Lacking the Euro-gothic aesthetic of the original tetralogy, Curse of the Blind Dead fails to evoke an atmosphere of genuine, B-horror dread, immersing itself in a convoluted, shoddily-executed plotline instead.” Screen Rant

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