Planet of the Vampires
Italia, Spagna – 1965 – 35mm – colore – 86’
Direction: Mario Bava
Screenplay: Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, Mario Bava, Rafael J. Salvia, I. B. Melchior based on Una notte di 21 ore by Renato Pestriniero
Photography: Antonio Rinaldi
Editing: Romana Fortini, Antonio Gimeno
Set design: Giorgio Giovannini
Music: Gino Marinuzzi Jr.
Costumes: Gabriele Mayer
Cast: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda, Evi Marandi
Producers: Fulvio Lucisano
Production: Italian International Film, Castilla Cooperativa Cinematografica
Two spaceships,ArgosandGalyot,are capturedby the gravitational forceof the planet Aura andthus they are obligated to land.The communicationbetween the two spaceshipsfails andthe crew members ofArgos try to reachthe team-mate ofGalyot. On their arrival the crew members are found dead,as if they hadkilled each other. In fact, an unknown and hostile forceseems toact on theplanet:while exploring, therefore a thirdspaceship is identified, within which lieonly giant and horrific skeletons.
“With an amazing modern look, Bava unwittingly anticipates the “grownup” science- fiction of the seventies American cinema: about this it is illuminating, and after all frequently mentioned, the scene of the discovery on a spaceship of unknown beings’ skeletons, which couldn’t but influenced a similar sequence in Alien by Ridley Scott. Bava performs an extraordinary fluidity and mobility of the camera’s movements: panoramic lens and very precisely calibrated travelling, add a unique touch to the film, not to forget the more generic and very well known, (ab) use of the zoom. What perhaps has not yet been rightly emphasized is, instead, the alienating use of sound: electronic sounds and ambient noise, in fact, can produce a hypnotic effect of great awesomeness”. (Marco Bertolino, Genealogia del delitto, Nocturno-Cinemabis, Milano 2004)