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Planet of the Vampires (1965) More at IMDbPro »Terrore nello spazio (original title)

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Planet of the Vampires -- A spaceship lands on the mysterious planet Aura to search for a  missing vessel.  They discover the wreckage and realize that the crew  members killed each other.  The planet is populated by disembodied beings who need host bodies so they can leave aura and conquer Earth.  Like zombies, the dead crew rise and kill off the search team.


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Mario Bava (original version)
Alberto Bevilacqua (original version)
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Release Date:
27 October 1965 (USA) See more »
This was the day the universe trembled before the demon forces of the killer planet! See more »
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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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
Ib Melchior  screen story
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 Rinaldi (director of photography)
Mario Bava (uncredited)
Antonio Pérez Olea (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
Giorgio Giovannini .... set designer
Emilio Zago .... assistant set designer
Sound Department
Eugenio Fiori .... sound recordist
Paolo Ketoff .... electronic effects
Mario Ronchetti .... sound recordist
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. .... electronic effects
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Terrore nello spazio" - Italy (original title)
"The Demon Planet" - USA (TV title)
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88 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In 1965, American International Pictures distributed this film, dubbed in English and titled "Planet of the Vampires", on a double bill with Die, Monster, Die! (1965).See more »
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 »
Capt. Mark Markary:I'll tell you this, if there 'are' any intelligent creatures on this planet... they're our enemies.See more »
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Referenced in Hypnagogia (2014) (V)See more »


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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Mario Bava: pioneer and undeniable genius, 6 March 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Terror in Space" (I try to avoid using the most popular a.k.a "Planet of the Vampires" as it is quite misleading) is a very creative and trend-setting sci-fi milestone from the hand of the almighty Mario Bava. With an extremely modest budget, Bava put together a colorfully stylish and unsettling adventure in which two collaborating spaceships investigate mysterious signals coming from the planet Aura. Strange events occur when the ships approach the planet and some sort of very powerful and vile force awaited the astronauts. Visually, this certainly isn't Bava's most impressive work.... The effects are dodgy, the cardboard sets are goofy and the flashy light bulbs all over the spaceships are too kitschy! And yet our marvelous director manages to create a claustrophobic tension and an eerie Gothic surrounding. The "aliens" are in fact a breed of body snatchers and when the host bodies rise up from their tombs again (still wrapped in icky plastic) this gives an immensely creepy effect. Bava emphases this neatly with the use of fogs and ominous sounds The ending is brilliant as well and it fits perfectly in the apocalyptic/paranoia/takeover trend that ruled in sci-fi plotting around that time.

I know this film will definitely not appeal to the new generation of sci-fi buffs who're only impressed by boisterous alien-fights but if we, Bava fans, can only get them to realize that THIS was a fundamental film for the further development of the genre! Not surprisingly, many of my fellow reviewers refer to Ridley Scott's "Alien" (perhaps the most accurate definition of SF) as being inspired by this overlooked and neglected little space-masterpiece. I will not go as far and claim that Scott's film stole some of Bava's credit but I do think it's about time that Mario is acknowledged as one of the most influential directors of all time. Highly recommended film!

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