You know, I am just not really feeling these Blind Dead movies. I saw the first, Tombs of the Blind Dead, a few years ago. It earned a solid “meh” from me. It wasn’t bad, it was great, it just sort of was. I heard the second, Return of the Evil Dead, was much better, so I scheduled it in this year’s marathon. And it was better, but still kind of mediocre.
It’s basically a reboot of the first. Similar story, of undead Knights Templar returning to terrorize the land, but with some details tweaked for eye-burning goodness. That is to say, the knights get their eyes burned out this time, not pecked by birds. And a weird village idiot dude has to kill a girl to reawaken them. So he murders a girl (and a girl is murdered/raped in flashback by the original knights), the zombie knights come back and terrorize everyone. One by one they get killed, until morning. The knights disappear, the survivors survive, hurray!
Problem is, it was kind of sleepy and a little dull. There were a few decent scenes (the evil mayor pulls some seriously shady shit that is good for a few laughs), the exploitation fiends will enjoy the murder/rape scenes and it all holds together well enough. Problem is, I just can’t see why these are considered classics. They’re not much better than most of their contemporaries, and kind of dull to boot. Ah, well, to each their own. I prefer the current zombie series coming from Spain, myself (that’d be REC).
The short was Tofu the Vegan Zombie in Zombie Dearest. It was a cool animated short about a mad scientist, and his unusal family, including a zombie wife, a goth daughter and Tofu, the pet zombie who is controlled via a block of tofu stuck in his head that keeps him from craving brains. It’s embedded below for your enjoyment.