Tombs of the Blind Dead is a Spanish horror film directed by Amando de Ossorio – its Spanish title is La noche del terror ciego.
The film became the first in a series that became known as ‘The Blind Dead’ films, and the soundtrack was created by Antón García Abril.
The Blind Dead films feature The Knights Templar as the zombies in the film – their corpses are rotten and eyeless, and they hunt by sound.
Antón García Abril was born in 1933 and is a renowned musician and composer who, as well as having a number of orchestral works to his name, has also turned his attention to chamber and vocal work.
Between 1956 and 1994, Anton Garcia Abril created more than 150 compositions for movies and television, and he provided the score for all of the Blind Dead films which included: La noche del terror ciego (1971), El Ataque de los muertos sin ojos (1973), El Buque maldito (1974), La Noche de las gaviotas (1975)
Tombs of the Blind Dead is a fantastically atmospheric film and the soundtrack does a wonderful job of heightening the feelings of suspense and terror created by the environments and cinematography that is used in the film.
Antón García Abril’s background in chamber and vocal music is apparent in the soundtrack for ‘Tombs of the Blind Dead‘ – the main theme throughout the film features haunting Gregorian chants, all dark vocals with a twang of echo. It is genuinely disturbing and really fits with the overall atmosphere of the film.
The rest of the soundtrack is a suffocating and jarring score, lots of droning sounds, punctuated with bangs and clanks, and the odd scream. It is very effective and totally unlike many of the other horror soundtracks from the same era. The soundtrack really managed to give a distinctive ‘sonic-signature’ to the Blind Dead films.
Listen to the Main Theme from ‘Tombs of the Blind Dead’ by Antón García Abril:
Unfortunately, the soundtrack to ‘Tombs of the Blind Dead’ has never had a proper release.
The soundtrack has however has been influential on other musicians and a band called ‘Zoltan’, which is comprised of Andy Thompson, Matt Thompson, and Andrew Prestidge, have released a mini-album called ‘Tombs of the Blind Dead‘.
This album is a reinterpretation and a homage to the Blind Dead films by Amando de Ossorio. Rather than being straight covers of the tracks from the movies, this album is a new piece of work, that kind of acts as a modern soundtrack for the four films in the Blind Dead series.
The tracks are heavy and soaked in doom, almost like drone metal – with many musical cues and sounds just like those that were used in Antón García Abril’s soundtracks.
Check it out below