Planet of the Vampires


1h 26m 1965

Brief 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.

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Film Details

Also Known As
Planet of Blood, Terror en el espacio, Terrore nello spazio
Release Date
Oct 1965
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
American International Productions; Castilla Cinematográfica Cooperativa; Italian International Film
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Una notte di 21 ore" ("One Night of 21 Hours") by Renato Pestriniero in Interplanet No. 3 (publication date undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Spaceships Argos and Galliot carry crews of explorer-scientists to Aura, a distant planet which transmits radio signals and has an oxygen atmosphere. As Capt. Mark Markary of the Argos lands his ship, the crew members go berserk and attack one another. Later, they find the wreckage of the Galliot with the mutilated bodies of its crew, who were apparently killed fighting among themselves. The crew of the Argos find no signs of life on Aura, but Professor Karan speculates that the planet is inhabited by invisible minds seeking to control the wills of the visitors. That night, the bodies of the Galliot 's crew are seen to move through the planet's eerie mists; and one by one Mark's crew are killed or disappear. Mark captures one of the missing crew members and discovers that his body is inhabited by a being from Aura, whose survivors hope to leave their dying planet in the visitors' spaceships. The survivors of the Argos foil the Aurans' attempt to disable their craft, and Mark escapes with his assistant, Sanya, and second-in-command, Wess. However, he perceives that his companions have been vampirized by the Aurans, who now prepare to land on an unknown planet--Earth. [Sources disagree on the precise ending of the film; according to some sources, Mark and Sanya escape unharmed.]

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Planet of the Vampires - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Planet of the Vampires (1965). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Film Details

Also Known As
Planet of Blood, Terror en el espacio, Terrore nello spazio
Release Date
Oct 1965
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
American International Productions; Castilla Cinematográfica Cooperativa; Italian International Film
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Una notte di 21 ore" ("One Night of 21 Hours") by Renato Pestriniero in Interplanet No. 3 (publication date undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 26m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

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Trivia

This was the first film in which Mario Bava's son, Lamberto Bava, began his career as his father's assistant. Lamberto would latter become a director himself.

Notes

Opened in Rome in October 1965 as Terrore nello spazio; running time: ca100 min; in Madrid in April 1966 as Terror en el espacio; running time: 88 min. Also known as Planet of Blood. United States co-production status unconfirmed.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States Fall November 1965

Released in United States October 1999

Released in United States 1996 (Shown in Los Angeles (American Cinematheque) as part of program "The Haunted World of Mario Bava" July 26 - August 31, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Science Fiction Movie Marathon - Excerpts shown) October 21-29, 1999.)

Released in United States Fall November 1965