October 13th, 2014: Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

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Cast and Crew: Amando de Ossorio (Director, Writer); Jesús Navarro Carrión (Writer); César Burner, Lone Fleming, María Elena Arpón, and José Thelman

What It’s About: A vacation in Portugal goes sour when 13th century Templars — tortured, blinded, and executed for their satanic rites — rise from their graves for vengeance upon anyone they can hear.

Why Watch It Today?: On this Friday in 1307, King Phillip IV of France ordered the arrest of Grand Master Jacques de Molay and several other members of the Knights Templar. A powerful and wealthy order of religious knights, the Templars were now accused of heresy, dark arts, and all manner of perversions — all of which, of course, were confessed to under torture.

Hatred and fear of the Templars remained high in Europe for centuries, and this movie channels those emotions into creepy and effective horror.

Other Options: Anchors Aweigh, Return of the Blind Dead

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