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Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Terrore nello spazio (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 October 1965 (USA)
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.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Renato Pestriniero (story "One Night of 21 Hours"), Ib Melchior (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Sullivan ... Capt. Mark Markary
Norma Bengell ... Sanya
Ángel Aranda ... Wess Wescant (as Angel Aranda)
Evi Marandi ... Tiona
Stelio Candelli Stelio Candelli ... Brad / Mud
Franco Andrei ... Bert / Garr
Fernando Villena Fernando Villena ... Dr. Karan
Mario Morales Mario Morales ... Eldon
Ivan Rassimov ... Carter / Dervy
Federico Boido ... Keir (as Rico Boido)
Alberto Cevenini Alberto Cevenini ... Toby Markary / Wan
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Storyline

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 Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

10,000 YEARS AGO, or 10,000 YEARS to COME, Are they beings of the Future or of the Past, these "men" who rule the DEMON PLANET? See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

Italy | Spain | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

27 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planet of the Vampires See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Mario Bava used the mirror-based Schufftan Process to combine live action with miniatures and thereby avoiding the costly matte/optical printing techniques. See more »

Goofs

When scanning the planet at the beginning, the commander comments that 2 meteors have just passed. He says this before the second is seen, so it would be impossible for him to know a second meteor was coming. See more »

Quotes

[Sanya gasps]
Capt. Mark Markary: Sanya, what is it?
Sanya: Oh, I - I got a shock.
Capt. Mark Markary: How?
Sanya: Touching that.
Capt. Mark Markary: [touches the object Sanya indicated] Ouch!
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Alternate Versions

The original Italian version runs 88 minutes long. The US version runs 86 minutes long. See more »

Connections

References The Angry Red Planet (1959) See more »

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A treat for fans of Italian sci-fi movies
2 October 2001 | by henri sauvageSee all my reviews

This new release in the "MGM Midnight Movies" series of DVDs is an absolute must-have. The print of this 1965 classic is gorgeous, and for the first time since its theatrical release viewers can see the film in its original wide-screen format. For those who -- like me -- purchased the HBO Video version on VHS, don't worry: The original spare-but-effective electronic score has been restored, instead of the "updated" abomination that made the VHS print almost unwatchable.

Although I've never heard Dan O'Bannon acknowledge it, certain elements of this film must have been in his mind when he was working on "Alien": Two spaceships are drawn to an eerie, fog-shrouded planet by a mysterious radio signal, then snatched from orbit by an irresistible force. After crash landing, the surviving crew find themselves pitted against their own dead shipmates, resurrected by the parasitic mentalities of the planet, a dying race who must find a new home. There's even a scene where Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell investigate an ancient, derelict alien spacecraft, complete with giant skeletons (any of this sound familiar?)

The set designs -- the cavernous interior of the spaceship and the appropriately alien fixtures of the derelict -- are some of the best you'll find in any pre-1968 science fiction film. Sullivan is suitably stoic as the warrior-scientist Captain; the supporting cast and in particular the luscious Ms. Bengell turn in remarkably understated performances, perfectly conveying dread verging on panic. While this movie may disappoint fans of director Mario Bava who are more familiar with his horror films, as a science fiction film buff I rate it a solid 7.


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