Masters of Terror 2018

This book contains the synopses and reviews of the darkest films in the filmographies of eight legendary masters of terror. The listings are ranked from best to worst.

The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 8 types of ratings:

STARS, GIMMICK, REWATCHABILITY, STORY, CREATIVITY, ACTING, QUALITY and CREEPINESS.

Enjoy!

Night of the Sea Gulls

Resuscitated Templars haunt a fishing village.

 

Spain
1975
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Translated
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Cultists: 
Worshipper
3.04
Time to bury this one...
6
2
5.04
5.04
1
2
3
Ambiance
Pace
Photography
Talking, arguing and fantasizing is most of what you get from the protagonists of this fourth installment in the Blind Dead franchise. Some characters are poetic, some are delirious, some are tied to a rock until they meet their end, but all seem to be here to waste precious running time and keep us away from the Templar knights we like so much. This dialogue fest is the worst entry so far…
This is all style and no substance. Usually, by the halfway mark, things speed up in all three previous films, but here screenwriter and director Amando de Ossorio’s seems unconfortable. He seems stuck with the writer’s block and unable to give us what we want: suspense, horror, ambiance, nudity and gore. He has great villains to play with but he seems to have run out of ideas.
At first, the undead Templars were found in ruins, then they invaded a town, then a ghost ship. Now they’re nowhere and everywhere at once. This sequel doesn’t have a signature. It is the first installment that feels unneeded. There is no sense of escalation, continuity or finality. This movie has two confusing first acts and a satisfying one. Blind Dead 4 AKA Night of the Seagulls is a dud...
Alternate Titles: 
La noche de las gaviotas
Night of the Seagulls
Night of the Evil Dead
The Blind Dead 4
The Night of the Sea Gulls
Zombi 8
Terror Beach
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