El Buque Maldito (The Ghost Galleon)(Ship of Zombies)(Horror of the Zombies) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

El Buque Maldito (The Ghost Galleon)(Ship of Zombies)(Horror of the Zombies) Reviews

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June 11, 2017
Good, creepy, late night movie.
½ June 12, 2016
Probably the most slow out of the trilogy, but never boring. I think the pacing is good and I was interested in the plot the whole time. I think it works because the characters have a good dynamic, but mainly the whole movie had great atmosphere.
April 23, 2016
The least enjoyable of three Blind Dead movies I have seen. Hopefully the fourth and last one will be better.
The absence of nudity and gore don't help the film but the fact that it no longer takes place at the village made no sense.
½ February 10, 2015
This came on Saturday Nightmares years ago on the USA Network and terrified me for weeks. This is probably the best "Blind Dead" movie of them all.
½ April 9, 2014
Creepier than I expected.
March 10, 2014
Horror Of The Zombies features the two most popular stars in Spanish horror. Austrian-born Maria Perschy, and American expatriate Jack Taylor who starred in a string of no-budget shockers for Jess Franco and decided he couldn't go home ever again. And yet Horror Of The Zombies was the least successful of the Blind Dead quartet. Perhaps the film strayed too far from the formula, although how could you go wrong: girls in bikinis on a boat with zombies? Despite its limited scope, micro-cast and tendency to be stage-bound, it's still an entertaining exercise in tension, atmospheric and illogic, and the empty eye sockets of the Knights Templar are always a welcome sight.

All I can say now is "Welcome aboard" for a cruise into another dimension... of TERROR!... with the 1974 Horror Of The Zombies.
October 3, 2013
A bit weak, a little uneven, but still pretty eerie. The effects are cheap yet effective, and the Dead are pretty fun to watch on screen. The characters aren't too great, the plot is a bit slow, and the dubbing isn't perfect. The atmosphere is the real winner here. Overall, it's a decent little horror movie. Stands up pretty well with the rest of the series.
March 19, 2013
This came on Saturday Nightmares years ago on the USA Network and terrified me for weeks. This is probably the best "Blind Dead" movie of them all.
½ October 30, 2012
Boring slow and pointless. Also unlike the first two not very atmospheric in the least. To bad after an enjoyable first two. Plus the characters but one are all slime so you want them to die.
½ October 27, 2012
A fresh setting for the third entry in the series as a couple of models and their employers are picked up by a Templar ghost ship after a failed publicity stunt at sea. Plodding at times but still decent. The blind dead prove to be able swimmers.
June 1, 2012
Features a good ending and retains the creepyness but the film's languid pace and dark and muddy visuals make it very hard to sit through.
April 17, 2012
This is the third installment in the Blind Dead series and definitely the weakest dialog-wise. (and none of them are 'Citizen Kane'). In this film, the Blind Dead are on a 'Ghost Ship' (a la the Flying Dutchman) and trap their victims in an otherworldly fog dimension (which can only be seen by small boats). I guess the idea was spawned during the Bermuda Triangle craze in the early 70's since it is contemporary with all that.

If it were just for that I'd give the film much higher marks for relative 'originality' because the director always managed to come up with new and different 'reasons' for the Blind Dead and their back story but in this film, a 'sporting goods mogul' with political aspirations has hatched up a publicity stunt to 'strand' 2 beautiful women in one of his new motor boats (as proof they are so fantastic that while stranded in the ocean, you think you are in the lap of luxury.) until rescued by a passing freighter in the shipping lanes.

I'm not clear how one of his pleasure craft boats breaking down was supposed to impress anyone but that was not the only ridiculous thing about this movie. Watching any type of horror film usually requires a certain amount of 'reality forgiveness' just to make it through but this film has several REALLY ridiculous things too distracting to easily ignore.

One of them is the obvious miniature ship (and later miniature coffins being dropped to the bottom of a 'fake sea'). Why? If they couldn't afford to build full scale set for the exterior ship shots, why not just use stock footage? For the most part, the interior shots of the ship and the Blind Dead themselves looked fantastic (even close up). Why spoil it with deliberately blurry, out of focus 6 inch 'ship'?

Another difficult to swallow thing was the behavior of the cast as they boarded the ship where they suspect the 2 missing girls are but instead of looking for them (or even yelling 'Hey Jane, are you on this boat somewhere'?) they decide to just bunk there on the 'abandoned' ship and look for them 'in the morning'. It's not like it is the Love Boat or something! It's probably the size of a small house so it makes perfect sense to not even TRY to find the missing ladies until a full night's sleep is to be had on an abandoned, decrepit vessel of poor seaworthiness.

I suppose if it wasn't for these stupid people, they movie would be 15 minutes long but why not spend a LITTLE more time on the script and special effects? Definitely watch this one if you are a completist, weigh my review if you are not...
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2011
This film came from the Mill Creek Drive In Movie Classics 50 Pack, which is kind of a surprise as its a decent film. Its also part of the Blind Dead Cult Series. In this one 2 girls are in the middle of the ocean on a small motor boat acting stranded in hopes of being rescued when the come across a 16th century Spanish Gallon, One climbs aboard the ship to see if anyone is aboard. This is a little comical of a movie, as she finds a transistor radio while on this 16th century ship. Also onboard are skeletons with hooded capes. Not sure these are really zombies as we never see them eat anyone people just disappear. All in all its worth the watch, something you would expect on chiller theater. 4 Stars
May 10, 2011
A solid third entry in Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead series, The Ghost Galleon transfers the gothic horror of the blind, undead Knights Templar to a mysterious 16th century galleon that a pair of models discover floating in the ocean while on a publicity stunt. The galleon exists in another dimension, and all who come in contact with it fall prey to the Blind Dead. A stylish, eerie, and thoroughly entertaining gothic/zombie horror film that further solidifies the Blind Dead films as distinct horror classics and as original takes on the zombie genre.
½ February 18, 2011
Dull, dull, dull. Hardly anything happens and is quite pathetic when it actually does. Wooden, nonesenical with it's own internal logic and they don't even get to look cool on their horses!
January 24, 2011
For what it is, it's good. There's terrible acting, and I think the 'zombies' were more like slow, skeletal vampires. It's from 1974, though! Dubbed over the Spanish. It's got a great story concept, though, and a good ending.
December 15, 2010
½ October 30, 2010
One word: dull.

October 4, 2010
The third instalment in Ossario's popular 'Blind Dead' series, is a bit of a let down compared to the other two and for some unknown reason the 'Knights Templer' seem no longer to be blind. The other problem is some very shoddy special effects, including some of the worst miniature models iv'e ever seen. Still just about retains the charm of a cheap Euro horror.
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