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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:

Advanced minds take over human bodies in this futuristic horror. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In 1965, American International Pictures distributed this film, dubbed in English and titled "Planet of the Vampires", on a double bill with Monster of Terror (1965). 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

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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Great horror sci-fi from the Italian master
22 July 2004 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

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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