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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 (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:

Advanced minds take over human bodies in this futuristic horror. 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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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$251,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,031,617
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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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Alternate Versions

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

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Atmospheric
8 April 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

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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