El Buque Maldito (The Ghost Galleon)(Ship of Zombies)(Horror of the Zombies) Reviews
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.
All I can say now is "Welcome aboard" for a cruise into another dimension... of TERROR!... with the 1974 Horror Of The Zombies.
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...