The other day I had remembered and old show/movie that I had watched as a kid that actually gave me nightmares back in the day. I'm fairly certain I watched this about 30 to 35 years ago (so, early 80's).

What I do remember about it is this:

  • It was black and white (maybe technicolor), but confident it was probably black and white.
  • There were humanoid creatures (perhaps similar to shades, or horsemen?)
  • They could hear your heartbeat.

One scene (if I remember correctly) a man had ran across a field into a shed, or barn and was hiding, but as he was trying to be quiet the sound of his heart beat grew louder and he was afraid the creatures would hear it.

I vaguely remember him panicking and covering his chest to try to cover the sound of the beating.

One other thing I remembered, I watched it on regular cable in the US.


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Could this be Tombs Of The Blind Dead (1971)? This review mentions the 'hearing heartbeats' angle.

The film revolves around the Knights Templar (a fictionalized version of a real-life order that was dissolved in the 14th century following charges of witchcraft and heresy) coming back from the dead as reanimated corpses bent on revenge. However, the corpses are blind because their eyes were pecked out by birds while their hanged bodies rotted on the gallows.

Despite being blind they have exceptional hearing and are able to hear the human heart beating, thus making it nearly impossible to hide from these hell-bent creatures.

Meanwhile a young couple on vacation takes a train journey, but his girlfriend argues with him, jumps off the train and spends the night in the ruins of an abandoned monastery where the Templars are buried. However, this is the worst time possible as this is the night that the Templars rise from their tombs and kill her.

Warning: This film has NSFW elements and terrible acting throughout.

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    Warning: link is mildly NSFW (half-naked lady on fire is the worst I've seen so far). Also, catfights and not-to-be-taken-out-of-context female cries.
    – Jenayah
    Nov 30, 2018 at 22:24
  • Maybe? I did a quick skim through and nothing was ringing a bell. I will check it out this evening and watch it in full to see if this was it. The description sure does fit. I could have sworn what I watched was black and white. I could be wrong Nov 30, 2018 at 22:24
  • I almost think it fell into the twilight-zone type of flick. I believe there were several spin offs of the twilight zone shows, but I can't remember what they were called Nov 30, 2018 at 22:27
  • That's like if Monty Python made a cheap soft porn film. It's so over the top cheesy you think it has to be a parody.
    – JRE
    Dec 1, 2018 at 9:11
  • I watched the entire thing. Quite interesting. I don't think that is is though. I mean, this was 30 years ago, so my memories may have collided with other tv shows. One thing I do remember now, is it would have been available on regular cable back in the 80's in the US Dec 3, 2018 at 13:15

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