A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.
International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing in on them.
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In the near future the two spaceships Argos and Galliot are sent to investigate the mysterious planet Aura. As the Galliot lands on the planet her crew suddenly go berserk and attack each other. The strange event passes, but the crew soon discovers the crashed Argos - and learns that her crew died fighting each other! Investigating further, the explorers come to realize the existence of a race of bodiless aliens that seek to escape from their dying world.Written by
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Along with It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) and Dark Star (1974), this film is considered to be a primary influence for Alien (1979). Although Ridley Scott would later claim that he had never seen the film before making his, screenwriter Dan O'Bannon explained "I was aware of "Planet of the Vampires", I don't think I had seen it all the way through. I had seen clips from it and it struck me as evocative. It had the curious mixture that you get in these Italian films of spectacularly good production design with an aggressively low budget mentality". Coincidentally, both films also featured special effects devised by Carlo Rambaldi. See more »
When the captain & female crewman are returning to their ship with the device, she nearly falls into lava and leaves her rifle behind. Moments later their chasers pass over the same area. The rifle is missing, but she now has it back in her possession . See more »
Capt. Mark Markary:
I'll tell you this, if there 'are' any intelligent creatures on this planet... they're our enemies.
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The original Italian version runs 88 minutes long. The US version runs 86 minutes long. See more »
Astronauts land on a mysterious planet and encounter many strange and dangerous things--like bodies that don't stay dead.
This Italian movie has horrendous dubbing (except for American Barry Sullivan), silly "special" effects and truly laughable, comic book level dialogue. But it's still worth seeing.
Director Mario Bava was a master at creating spooky atmospheres out of no budget. This was a VERY low budget film (it shows), but he covers it up with beautiful, inventive lighting, tons of dry ice and a really scary score. Also the astronauts wear tight leather outfits which are interesting and some of the Italian guys give good performances--Sullivan is horrible and the women are beyond belief. Also the film contains a few nice jolts and some very scary coming back from the dead sequences.
So, ignore the lousy dialogue and preposterous plot and concentrate on the visuals and sounds. Perfect late night viewing.
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