Newest Reviews
Western Stars
League of Gentlemen, The
Higher Power
IT Chapter Two
Rich Kids
Glory Guys, The
Serial Killer's Guide to Life, A
Lovers and Other Strangers
Shiny Shrimps, The
Good Woman is Hard to Find, A
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Doctor at Sea
Death Cheaters
Wild Rose
Mystify: Michael Hutchence
Devil's Playground, The
Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters
Mega Time Squad
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Souvenir, The
Birds of Passage
Woman at War
Happy as Lazzaro
Mickey's Christmas Carol
Marriage Story
Santa Claus is a Bastard
Star, The
Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale
Christmas Carol, A
Legend of the Demon Cat
Adventures of Sinbad, The
Love & Peace
Newest Articles
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
  Return of the Evil Dead Buy this film here.
Year: 1973
Director: Amando De Ossorio
Stars: Tony Kendall, Fernando Sancho, Lone Fleming, Esperanza Roy, Luis Barboo, Frank Blake, Loretta Tovar
Genre: Horror, Sex
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: Amando De Ossorio’s inevitable Blind Dead follow-up takes us back to 13th century Portugal where the Knights Templar have been captured by outraged locals and sentenced to death. “We will return to take our revenge” may have sounded like an empty threat from a condemned man but 500 years later, on the anniversary of that fateful night, dark forces were stirring.

In the cold light of day, the townsfolk of Berzano gleefully prepare for a night of celebration: fireworks, effigies of the knights hanging by the neck and much revelry are on the agenda – a cue for the town idiot to remind us the knights will return when darkness falls.

Before long, the assembled celebrants are compelled to mobilise all forces, with pitchforks, blowtorches and all manner of rustic weaponry coming into play as the Blind Dead attack.

Although De Ossorio fails to re-capture the other-wordly atmosphere of Tombs of the Blind Dead, he does ensure you’ll have great fun witnessing another bout of bloodletting. There’s also some nice moments of humour – witness the scene involving the town’s major, his chief of police and a local tart – though there’s one sequence in particular that will wipe the smile off your face when a terrified young girl is deliberately placed in mortal danger so as to facilitate a getaway for the cowardly mayor. It’s a scene that’s a cast-iron contender for horror’s most disreputable sequences and yes, you may applaud when things don’t go quite according to plan.

With a dose of political corruption thrown into the mix, and a Night of the Living Dead-type siege taking place inside the local church, Return of the Evil Dead makes for good, unwholesome entertainment. Hell, there’s even an Almodovar in the cast so what more could you want?

Anchor Bay UK’s DVD – part of their splendid Blind Dead box set – treats us to a colourful rendition of the Templar’s second outing, offering a discernable improvement on the old Anchor Bay double-bill that can now be found on ebay. Extras are limited to a posters and stills gallery, but the box set does include a fifth disc containing an interview and documentary which will be reviewed elsewhere on this web site.
Reviewer: Steve Langton


This review has been viewed 3915 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M


Last Updated: