Planet of the Vampires

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A band of Space travelers have just intercepted a distress call from a distant world! It is a desperate cry for help... or something far more sinister? After landing on the shadowy planet, the crew is attacked by a horde of disembodied aliens with a diabolical plan: to conquer the universe by controlling the crew's minds and stealing their souls -- proving that even in outer space, possession is 9/10 of the law! (official distributor synopsis)


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English I admit that I expected a bit more, but on the other hand, it's important to realize that this still outshines many American B-movies from the 50s and 60s. It's beautifully studio-made, and the effects and tricks are simple but just effective enough for the needs of the film. Plus, there's a horror element that's quite scary. As a B-movie, this works just fine and I had fun with it. Plus, it's visually stunning. Beautifully kitschy. ()


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English Well, yeah. Bava's film is thematically seven to ten years late, it would have fit much better into the '50s, especially considering what Kubrick came up with just three years later (let's be grateful for that timeless work!), but as a distinctive Italian take on the Golden Age, it's actually ok. The first thing that strikes the eye is the cheap-looking spaceship sets and the even cheaper-looking special effects, but Bava did a great job with the planet. He plays with all the colours, the cinematography is fine, and the distinctive visuals are quite different from what was being made in Hollywood studios at the time in the field of cheap sci-fi. You'll probably hate the characters who behave like utter idiots, but the cynical ending will gladden the heart of any nihilist :o) ()


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