DVD/Blu-ray News #5: Planet Of The Vampires (Terrore Nello Spazio).

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Director: Mario Bava

CAST: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda, Evi Marandi

Halloween’s always a great time of year for video-collecting horror and science fiction fans. This year is no exception. Added to a release roster that already includes The Legend Of Hell House (1973) comes Mario Bava’s supremely creepy sci-fi movie Planet Of The Vampires (1965), on Blu-ray and DVD from Kino Lorber.

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Italian science fiction films, to me anyway, never seem to make any sense. Ever see Wild Wild Planet (1965)? This one, written by Ib Melchior, has a bit more going for it than most, script-wise. But it’s always Bava’s visuals we’re concerned about, and Planet Of The Vampires doesn’t disappoint. This thing’s got enough style and atmosphere (and fog) for 20 movies (and oddly enough, no vampires). I see a lot of this film’s influence in Alien (1979), with a heavy dose of It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1957) thrown in.

VHS copies in the Eighties replaced the original score with some dreadful synthesizer stuff. The MGM DVD restored the original music featured in the Italian and AIP versions. Can’t wait to see what Kino Lorber offers up. Highly recommended.

Don’t you love that Reynold Brown poster art?

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2 responses to “DVD/Blu-ray News #5: Planet Of The Vampires (Terrore Nello Spazio).

  1. Richard Oravitz

    Usually I reserve mid-Sept. to mid-Nov. for Sci-Fi & Horror films (1950-60s, of course) simply because it’s that Halloween time of year.
    I grew up during the best time ever, when television introduced all those wonderful 1930-50s monster movies to the small screen. The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits played alongside reruns of One Step Beyond and Superman. So when you factor in the Universal classics and then “current” gems like Night of the Blood Beast, Amazing Colossal Man, 50ft. Woman, Giant Behemoth and The Atomic Submarine you’ve arrived in Famous Monsters Heaven.
    That said, Bava’s Planet of the Vampires remains one of my favorite Italian Space Operas of the 1960s. It’s such a visual treat, with a great soundtrack and surprise ending. Glad to see the Blu-ray release from Kino.
    Let’s hope for future widescreen transfers (finally) for Battle of the Worlds, Assignment Outer Space and Mission Stardust. I just love this stuff.

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    • I’m with ya, Richard. Here in Raleigh, NC, we had a Saturday morning thing called Sunrise Theater that ran all the typical monster junk, from the Universal classics to that Gamera nonsense.

      Back then, I could hop out of bed at 6AM to watch The Mole People, but getting up today for work is a real chore.

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