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Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Terrore nello spazio (original title)
Unrated | | 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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Capt. Mark Markary
... Sanya
... Wess
... Tiona
Stelio Candelli ... Brad / Mud
... Bert / Garr
Fernando Villena ... Dr. Karan
Mario Morales ... Eldon
... Carter / Dervy
... Keir (as Rico Boido)
Alberto Cevenini ... Toby Markary / Wan
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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 »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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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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Atmospheric
8 April 2002 | by See 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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