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If you like Italian sci-fi, with its shiny, phony plastic miniatures and sprawling Cinecitta studio sets, this is one of the best, with unbelievable black leather fashions with yellow piping and headhugging skull caps.
A peerless example of a bravura visual imagination abstracting cheap sets into psychedelic textures
Planet of the Vampires is not among the best of the scary sci-fi genre, but seen under the optimum circumstances, fans of schlock or/and vintage Italian horror will find it fun.
It's mainly Bava's masterful invention behind the camera that makes the film work. His movement and timing provide an atmosphere that clearly wasn't there in the script.
Though never particularly scary, Bava has a cool way with the alien eerieness of it all...
I lost interest in wanting to know more about the supernatural manifestations.
Looks great, but dramatically lacking
an interesting, if not entirely successful, attempt at genre blending
A very smartly executed B-movie that fuses space opera with Universal-style horror atmosphere. Director Mario Bava injects a gloomy and foggy atmosphere that would come to influence "Alien" years later. There is a scene that involves people digging themselves out of their graves that is made terrifying by the chilling music score and gritty cinematography. The marvelous cinematography makes even the most basic sets look magnificent and more lavish than what they really are. The spaceship sets are a bit cheesy and some of the characters are given only bare-minimum development outside of their archetypes, but the film is so much fun to watch that these problems only become minor. Although it does perplex me why this was given the title "Planet of the Vampires" in America considering that there are no vampires in the movie.
An atmospheric blend of space opera and horror elements that fits well into Mario Bava's list. Filled with inventive futuristic sets and chic black leather spacemen suits, its' gloomy style most likely influenced ALIEN some 15 years later. As John Carpenter admitted Bava's influence on Halloween, then the notion this film influenced his take on The Thing is hard to resist, especially in contemplating the dark conclusion.
Word of warning, there actually aren't any Vampires in this film. If you are looking for Vampires, you will be disappointed when you find none. Perhaps, Planet of the Zombies, or Planet Without Vampires would have been a more appropriate title. Either way, this film is a lot of fun, there just aren't any Vampires.
At first, I was extremely disappointed by the fact that this movie doesn't have any vampires in it, but then I realized that that was the American title, the Italian title says Terror in Space or something, which makes more sense. Other than that, I loved the story in this movie, it's fantastic. Of course, this is a low budget sci-fi movie from the 60s, but it's pretty cool and worth watching.
Investigating the source of an extraterrestrial radio transmission, an exploration team touches down on a desolate planet. There they discover an alien spacecraft, the skeletal remains of her long dead crew and a malevolent parasite in search of a host. Sound familiar? It should do because all of the above was ripped off by Ridley Scott's Alien, roughly fifteen years after this movie came out. With a miniscule budget, some bad acting, terrible dialogue and silly costumes, Planet of the Vampires ought to be a prime slice of Sixties cheese, enjoyable for all the wrong reasons. What saves the film is Mario Bava's mastery of atmosphere and his genius for no-budget special effects. This isn't quite Bava at his best but it's still colourful, creepy and a lot of fun. Forget the title though; the baddies here are not vampires, they're more like zombies or bodysnatchers, depending on whether their victims are still alive or already dead!
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