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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:

Outlaw Planet on a Killer Orbit! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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

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 Sanya tosses the "Ray rifle" to Mark on board the Galliot near the end she tosses it to him backwards, he catches and holds it on his possessed bother's body backwards despite it being clearly shown earlier firing from the opposite end he was pointing at Toby. A moment later he shoots Toby's body and the ray rifle is pointed correctly. 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 »

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Like the space-age suits.
8 November 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Mario Bava does it again. The crystal colours, eerie atmosphere and evocative visuals are downright dazzling and haunting in this low-budget Italian Sci-fi outing. Never have I been disappointed in these technical aspects while experiencing the master at work. Many have mentioned it and the influences / similarities to Ridley Scott's 'Alien (1979)' ultimately sticks out. Even with that in mind it does share some ideas with the body snatcher theme, but it was a cleverly done concept done in a slow grinding, but extremely engaging style. The pacing is slow, but the flashy imagery and smoothly placed camera-work was hypnotic that it helped time flow by. My only real gripe was that the script was on the stilted side, but other than that it was one of those subtlety breezy mood pieces. More often the deaths happen off-screen and it's mostly free of action, to really only hit in the dying stages in some rapid set-pieces, but it's the dreary ending that's a strike of genius. Bava's crisp direction lets the otherworldly Gothic vibe take hold and while the sterile set designs look cheap it manages to be effective in its unusually stylish looks (add in seeping fog) and this invokes brooding unease and alienation. The surrounding sound effects and music score are creepily orchestrated. As for the special effects/make-up FX for such a low-cost production, they were well executed and ideally used. The acting can be rather rough in a staged sense with a dependable Barry Sullivan heading the way. Some of the characters were hard to tell apart though. A marvellously old-fashion, but influentially chilling space expedition.


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