Planet of the Vampires

Terrore nello spazio

1965

Mario Bava
Director

Crews of two spaceships crash land on a desolate planet and discover the long dead remains of a previous landing. What made them crash? And what is bringing the bodies of the dead crewmen back to life?

Low budget science fiction film is turned into a mini masterpiece through Bava's masterful use of mist and colour to create an atmosphere of dread and foreboding. The scene where Markary and Sanya investigate the tools of an ancient spacecraft among the remains (and recorded voices) of its fossilized crew are especially evocative. It should be clear to anyone that watches this film that it was a major influence on Alien, but apparently the obvious isn't always readily accepted.

MGM's Midnight Movies DVD is a very fine rendition of the film, with proper colors and aspect ratio. Too bad all Italian films of this period haven't been given the same treatment!

-Dave W.

Terrore nello spazio
15th September 1965
Cinema


88 mins
1.85:1

Planet of the Vampires
27th October 1965
Cinema



1.85:1

Planet of The Vampires
28th August 2001
DVD




1.85:1




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Barry Sullivan
Capt. Mark Markary
Norma Bengell
Sanya
Ángel Aranda
Wess
Evi Marandi
Tiona
Stelio Candelli
Brad / Mud
Franco Andrei
Bert / Garr
Fernando Villena
Dr. Karan
Mario Morales
Eldon
Ivan Rassimov
Carter / Dervy
Federico Boido
Kell
(as Rico Boido)
Alberto Cevenini
Toby Markary / Wan
Massimo Righi
Capt. Salas / Nordeg
(uncredited)
Peter Fernandez
Wess and others
(Voice: US version)
Jack Curtis
Capt. Salas and others
(Voice: USversion)

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