Planet of the Vampires

Planet of the Vampires

Director: Mario Bava, Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda

Cast: Mario Bava, Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda

     
 

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This classic blend of science-fiction and horror belies its extremely low budget with buckets of atmosphere and some genuinely creepy setpieces. The story concerns the crews of two spaceships, who land on a foggy, seemingly deserted planet. What they don't know is that the planet was home to a race of vampiric aliens, who possess their minds, eventually rising from

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This classic blend of science-fiction and horror belies its extremely low budget with buckets of atmosphere and some genuinely creepy setpieces. The story concerns the crews of two spaceships, who land on a foggy, seemingly deserted planet. What they don't know is that the planet was home to a race of vampiric aliens, who possess their minds, eventually rising from their strange, misty graves to seek human blood. Legendary director Mario Bava once again proves himself a master at atmospheric composition, using color, sound, and minimalistic sets in original and unnerving ways. Barry Sullivan stars with Angel Aranda and Brazilian actress Norma Bengell. The American version, running several minutes shorter than the original, was put together by Ib Melchior (The Angry Red Planet).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Derek Hill
Though not considered one of director Mario Bava's greatest achievements, Planet of the Vampires is nevertheless a pulp science-fiction lover's dream. Many of the director's stylistic trademarks are well represented here, from his extensive use of color filters to his imaginative camera shots and gothic horror preoccupations. At times, the film looks like a pulp cover come to life -- the garish primary- color glow of the alien landscape; the undead crewmen, wrapped in plastic, rising from their makeshift metal tombs; the discovery of the massive "vampire" skeletons inside the creatures' crashed spacecraft; and the crew wearing tight black leather uniforms with lightning bolt insignias on their chests. Bava makes the most out of his limited budget, giving the film a surreal pop art glow that puts many bigger productions to shame. Along with It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958), this atmospheric sci-fi shocker would go on to influence Ridley Scott's big-budget B-movie, Alien (1979).

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2014
UPC:
0738329144722
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lorber Films (Kino)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
26,568

Special Features

Audio commentary with Mario Bava biographer Tim Lucas; "Trailers from Hell" with Joe Dante; Original trailer; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry Sullivan Capt. Mark Markary
Norma Bengell Sanya
Angel Aranda Wess
Evi Marandi Tiona
Fernando Villena Karan
Stelio Candelli Mud
Massimo Righi Nordeg
Mario Morales Eldon
Ivan Rassimov Kell
Rick Boyd Keir/Key
Alberto Cevenini Wan

Technical Credits
Mario Bava Director,Screenwriter
Samuel Z. Arkoff Producer
Alberto Bevilacqua Screenwriter
Salvatore Billitteri Associate Producer
Callisto Cosulich Screenwriter
Romana Fortini Editor
Amato Garbini Makeup
Antonio Gimeno Editor
Giorgio Giovannini Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Louis M. Heyward Screenwriter
Fulvio Lucisano Producer
Gino Marinuzzi Score Composer
Gabriele Mayer Costumes/Costume Designer
Ib Melchior Original Story,Screenwriter
James H. Nicholson Producer
Antonio Perez Olea Score Composer
Antonio Rinaldi Cinematographer
Antonio Román Screenwriter
Rafael J. Salvia Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Planet of the Vampires
1. Chapter 1 [10:07]
2. Chapter 2 [10:10]
3. Chapter 3 [10:06]
4. Chapter 4 [14:08]
5. Chapter 5 [12:26]
6. Chapter 6 [11:46]
7. Chapter 7 [10:07]
8. Chapter 8 [8:51]

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