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Director:
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Mario Bava (original version)
Alberto Bevilacqua (original version)
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Release Date:
27 October 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This was the day the universe trembled before the demon forces of the killer planet! See more »
Plot:
After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Great horror sci-fi from the Italian master See more (64 total) »

Cast

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Barry Sullivan ... Capt. Mark Markary
Norma Bengell ... Sanya
Ángel Aranda ... Wess

Evi Marandi ... Tiona

Stelio Candelli ... Brad / Mud
Franco Andrei ... Bert / Garr
Fernando Villena ... Dr. Karan
Mario Morales ... Eldon
Ivan Rassimov ... Carter / Dervy
Federico Boido ... Keir (as Rico Boido)
Alberto Cevenini ... Toby Markary / Wan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Massimo Righi ... Capt. Sallas / Nordeg (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mario Bava  original version
Alberto Bevilacqua  original version
Callisto Cosulich  original version
Louis M. Heyward  English language version
Ib Melchior  English language version
Renato Pestriniero  story "One Night of 21 Hours"
Antonio Román  original version
Rafael J. Salvia  original version

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Salvatore Billitteri .... associate producer
Fulvio Lucisano .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Gino Marinuzzi Jr. 
 
Cinematography by
Antonio Pérez Olea 
Antonio Rinaldi 
Mario Bava (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Romana Fortini 
Antonio Gimeno 
 
Set Decoration by
Giorgio Giovannini 
 
Costume Design by
Gabriele Mayer 
 
Makeup Department
Gabriella Borzelli .... hair stylist
Giancarlo Del Brocco .... assistant makeup artist
Amato Garbini .... head makeup artist
 
Production Management
Giancarlo Sambucini .... production director
Mario Silvestri .... production manager
 
Art Department
Emilio Zago .... assistant set designer
 
Sound Department
Eugenio Fiori .... sound recordist
Paolo Ketoff .... electronic effects
Mario Ronchetti .... boom operator
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mario Bava .... special effects (uncredited)
Carlo Rambaldi .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giorgio Aureli .... assistant camera
Saverio Diamante .... camera operator (as Saverio Diamanti)
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
Gino Marinuzzi Jr. .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Lamberto Bava .... assistant to director
Serena Canevari .... assistant to director
Paolo Ketoff .... electronic effects
Lucio Romeo .... production secretary
Manuel San Román .... assistant to director
Rosalba Scavia .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Terrore nello spazio" - Italy (original title)
"The Demon Planet" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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German Import DVD has a Super-8 Version (German language only), as a special feature on the disc.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Toby and Mark duke it out, Toby bumps into and moves the flight seat revealing it to be unattached to the deck.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Mark Markary:One entire crew lost; two of our own crew gone. Bert dead, Eldon disappeared. And this unknown enemy keeps getting closer!
Dr. Karan:The enemy is also becoming visible.
Capt. Mark Markary:What do you mean by that?
Dr. Karan:Well, you saw something. Something not quite identifiable out of the corner of your eye.
Capt. Mark Markary:Ah, yes. As if it were composed of little globes of light, something fleeting, nothing definite. And the minute I looked at the things directly, they were gone.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in War of the Planets (1977)See more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Great horror sci-fi from the Italian master, 22 July 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Mario Bava has directed some of the best and most important films of all time; Black Sunday, Blood and Black Lace and Bay of Blood to name a few; but often overlooked is this little gem from 1965. He didn't need to, as by this point he already had several classics under his belt; but Bava has really proved his worth as an ingenious and creative director with this film. With just a small budget, some below average actors and a few sets; Mario Bava has succeeded in creating a great sense of claustrophobia in a very atmospheric little horror flick.

The film plays out like an episode of Star Trek, with two teams of astronauts landing on an alien planet that is inhabited by hostile beings. Upon their landing, several members of the crew members of the first ship go insane, but don't do any damage thanks to the quick thinking of their captain. The second crew aren't so lucky...

Planet of the Vampires is a very campy film, most of which is brought on by the acting and cheap looking effects, but it does have several plus points, one of which is it's great atmosphere. As Bava would later go on to do in the horror classic; Baron Blood, he uses smoke and small spaces to create a sense of tension and build the film's atmosphere. Also like in Baron Blood; this creates a brooding sense of dread and anticipation, and this is something that would later be done in the classic sci-fi horror movie; Alien. Also of note is the abandoned alien spaceship in this movie, and another abandoned alien spaceship in Alien. I think Mario Bava can take some credit for the inspiration of that film.

As previously mentioned, the acting in this film is very flat and uninspiring. This is the movie's main flaw; the effects aren't brilliant, but that can be forgiven due to the low budget and the time that this movie was made. Aside from the acting; there's little to fault Planet of the Vampires on, when you take into account the sort of movie it is. There is no doubt that Mario Bava did everything he could with this movie, bearing in mind his budgetary restrictions and overall it is a testament to his directorial talents. Planet of the Vampires is therefore, very much recommended!

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