Amando de Ossorio (April 6, 1918 – January 13, 2001) was one of the foremost Spanish film directors during the European horror film surge in the 1970s, known especially for his Blind Dead tetralogy.
His first horror film Malenka (1969) was written to be a psychological thriller about a young woman who inherits a castle in Europe and is summarily driven crazy by her uncle who tries to convince her that he and she are both vampires. At the end of the film, the uncle’s scheme is revealed and explained by her boyfriend to be a hoax. However, after De Ossorio finished the film, the producers decided to make the uncle a real vampire and added a low-budget disintegration scene to the film’s finale that is completely contrary to the plot.
In 1971, he came up with the concept of the “Blind Dead”, a cult of blind, undead Templar Knights who rode skeletal ghost-horses and were attracted to their victims by the sound of their breathing or heartbeat. The first film, Tombs of the Blind… read more