Planet of the Vampires (1965) Movie Review

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Planet of the Vampires (1965)

1965 | R | Horror, Sci-Fi
88 minutes / 1h 28min

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Planet of the Vampires Plot Synopsis:

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.

Planet of the Vampires (1965) Review

Planet of the Vampires (1965) is an Italian/Spanish science fiction horror movie that is also known in Italy as Terrore nello spazio (1965). Director Mario Bava (A Bay of Blood (1971), Black Sunday (1960), Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)) did a great job with this movie in 1965. Below is a little summary about the beginning of the movie so you will have a gist of it.

Planet of the Vampires is about two humongous spaceships, Galliott and Argos that received a distress signal from planet Aura that has never been explored. The two ships enter the planet that is very foggy, and crash-landed on planet Aura that is forbidden to everyone. The crewmembers of ship Argo became possessed as they were landing and tried to kill each other. Captain Mark Markary (Barry Sullivan - The Man Called X (1956), The Tall Man (1960), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)) was able to unhypnotized all the people aboard his ship that was in a killer hypnotized state.

The crewmembers that survived ship Argo witness something so horrific that they were scared for their life. Upon landing on Aura, they went in search of ship Galliot and found everyone dead. Captain Mark locked the dead bodies that he could not bury in the ships bridge. He went away for a few minutes and upon returning to the Galliot ship; he discovered all the dead bodies are gone. The inhabitants from the forbidden planet possessed the bodies of all the crewmembers of Argo ship that died during the crash. The possessed crewmembers went on a killing spree, hunting all the surviving members. Captain Mark found ship Argo’s crewmembers dead. Captain Mark saw what is going on and advised the surviving members that they have to by any means escape from planet Aura. The captain told the crew that it would take some time to fix the ship because it was damaged when they crash landed. The captain has no hope for anyone surviving and leaving Aura, but he gives his team member positive energy.

Tiona (Evi Marandi - Paris When It Sizzles (1964), Un gangster venuto da Brooklyn (1966), James Tont operazione U.N.O. (1965)) becomes paralyzed by fear after seeing dead crewmembers corpses walking in the ship. Captain Mark, Sanya (Norma Bengell - Of Gods and the Undead (1970), A Cor do seu Destino (1987), Mafioso (1962)) and Carter (Ivan Rassimov - Last Cannibal World (1977), Beyond the Door II (1977), Eaten Alive! (1980), Sacrifice! (1972)) went to investigate a spaceship that Wess (Ángel Aranda - Don’t Panic (1978), The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)) found while scouting the ruins of planet Aura. The captain and his team saw large skeletons that once belonged to another spaceship crewmembers. The captain realizes that they were not the first ones to land on Aura and to receive distress signals from this forbidden planet. Carter disappears while Mark and Sanya escaped their temporary entrapment in the ship and return to Argo as quickly as possible.

The movie was a great watch, and I would recommend to viewers who like old time classics without all the CGI effects we have today. The lighting and color were wonderfully done in this movie, and it is noted. The actors did a great job as well, and the spaceship was a plus.

  • Planet of the Vampires Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.52
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.3

About Planet of the Vampires 1965

Title: Planet of the Vampires
Year: 1965
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.26/5 stars from 4,435 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 4,435
MPAA Rating: R
Planet of the Vampires Cast Starring: Jack Curtis, Stelio Candelli, Joyce Gordon, Ángel Aranda, Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda, Evi Marandi, Franco Andrei, Fernando Villena, Mario Morales, Ivan Rassimov, Federico Boido, Alberto Cevenini, Massimo Righi, Giuseppe Mattei, Bernie Grant, Peter Fernandez
Planet of the Vampires Writers: Renato Pestriniero, Ib Melchior, Alberto Bevilacqua
Planet of the Vampires Director: Mario Bava
Production: HBO Video
Language: Italian, English
Country: Italy, Spain, USA