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Planet of the Vampires

60s horror science fiction movie directed by Mario Bava

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While using "smoke and mirrors" Bava creates a true matinée gem

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Planet of the Vampires was a film that Bava uses his talents as a film-maker to create a movie by literally using "smoke and mirrors". Utilizing the most out of a shoestring budget, Bava creates a spooky and haunting planet by using colored smoke, two stage boulders, matte paintings, toy models, lighting and mirrors.  If he had a decent script and better actors he could have created a classic. But an artist is only as good as his materials. What you see is what you get in this picture.   The story is about a crew of space travelers that land on a dead planet.  Whilst exploring the desolate landscape they managed to pick up some very hostile hitchhikers. Years later, the plot would be worked into Alien.

Bava is a genius but he's not god. Recommended, so you can see the Maestro at work!

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review by . July 15, 2002
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Pros: nothing, nada, zip     Cons: grrrrrrrrr     The Bottom Line: Just not worth a tinkers damn     This is just one of many issues with this movie, according to Mirriam-Webster On-Line:   Vampire   Etymology: French, from German Vampir, from Serbo-Croatian vampir   Date: 1734   1 : the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep   …
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Planet of the Vampires
U.S. theatrical release film poster by Reynold Brown Directed by Mario Bava Produced by Fulvio Lucisano Written by Mario Bava
Alberto Bevilacqua
Callisto Cosulich
Antonio Roman
Rafael J. Salvia
Ib Melchior (U.S. Version)
Louis M. Heyward (U.S. Version) Starring Barry Sullivan
Norma Bengell Music by Gino Marinuzzi, Jr. Cinematography Antonio Rinaldi Distributed by American International Pictures Release date(s) 1965 Running time 88 min Language Italian (U.S. release dubbed into English) Budget $100,000 (estimate)

Planet of the Vampires (Italian title: Terrore nello spazio) is a 1965 Italian science fiction/horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, and Rafael J. Salvia, was based on an Italian language science fiction short story, Renato Pestriniero's "One Night of 21 Hours". The story follows the horrific experiences of the crew members of two giant spaceships that have crash landed on a forbidding, unexplored planet. The disembodied inhabitants of the world possess the bodies of the crew who died during the crash, and use the animated corpses to stalk and kill the remaining survivors.

The film was co-produced by American International Pictures and Italian International ...

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Director: Mario Bava
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: January 1, 1965
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
Runtime: 1hr 26min
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