Night of the Seagulls is the fourth and final entry in the Blind Dead series, and my personal favorite. In this film, the Templars return to a small fishing village every seven years expecting seven consecutive nights of sacrificial virgins. A doctor who has recently been assigned to the town shows up with his wife just in time to experience the ceremony. When their assistant is chosen for one of the sacrifices, they try to put a stop to the whole thing.
This fourth film is the best of the Blind Dead stories. Rather than an attack on unsuspecting victims as in the first three films, the viewer is dropped into an eerie tradition that is simple and necessary to the locals. Actually the story seems to resonate with Dagon lore. As is paramount to the series, the atmosphere in this installment is spectacular. I don’t usually discuss soundtracks (as I’m not excellent at paying detailed attention to them) but this is by far one of the creepiest scores I can recall in the vast amount of horror films I’ve seen. When the haunting chant that pierces the night is discussed by the characters, we realize that they’re hearing it too, and it makes that chant all the more threatening.
The acting is actually very good in this film, superior to the other three. Night of the Seagulls is also the most epic of the series, and appropriately so as it is, in some ways, a finale. I don’t think I will ever lose the childlike glee I experience every time the Templars ride down the beach toward the writhing sacrificial maiden. Blood and gore are nearly non-existent in this final film, however the atmosphere and style completely make up for it (and I don’t say that often). Whatever you do, don’t miss this film…in fact you should probably watch it seven consecutive nights every seven years…you know, just to be safe.