Spanish director Amando de Ossorio was a contemporary of Lucio Fulci and Jess Franco, but never achieved the notoriety or cult fame those icons enjoyed, possibly because viewers were deterred by the quality of much of his output. If so, they were overlooking Ossorio's masterpiece, the BLIND DEAD series, which remain iconic in the Euro-horror canon. In the first, TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, three friends who have met up at a Portuguese resort take an excursion the next day, during which a love triangle causes a spurned woman to jump ship and take refuge in an abandoned cemetery, where she reawakens a horrific legacy, for buried nearby are the remains of the Knights Templar. A group of Crusaders from the 13th Century who engaged in rituals to preserve their eternal life, the Knights' powers depended upon the blood of the innocent. They were burned for their heresies and decadence, their eyes gouged out so they could not find their way back from Hell. But the Blind Dead cannot die, so they lie in wait for the scent or sound of something living. The whole quartet is haunted by these disturbingly realistic corpse-zombies, and a high level of creative, gruesome violence and perverse sexuality pervades the collection.