They are successful, and manage to place explosives in the ship. In 1979, Cinefantastique noted the remarkable similarities between this atmospheric sequence and a lengthy scene in the then-new Alien. The magazine also pointed out other minor parallels between the two films. [7] Bava explained: "Do you know what that unknown planet was made of? (1965).[1].

Carter inexplicably vanishes. Markary departs to get tools for opening the sealed room, but the corpses disappear by the time he returns. (1965).
The story follows the horrific experiences of the crew members of two giant spaceships that have crash landed on a forbidding, unexplored planet. American International Pictures had achieved a great deal of commercial success in the early 1960s with Bava's Black Sunday (1960) and Black Sabbath (1963), as well as dozens of lesser Italian films, including several sword and sandal pictures. Planet of the Vampires was one such coproduction, financed by AIP and Italy's Fulvio Lucisano for Italian International Film, along with some Spanish production money provided by Castilla Cooperativa Cinematográfica. Markary and Sanya are temporarily trapped inside the ship, but manage to escape and return to the Argos. [4] Derek Hill, in a review of the MGM Midnite Movies DVD release of Vampires written for Images Journal, noted, "Bava's film (along with It! While entering the planet's atmosphere, the crew of the Argos becomes possessed by an unknown force and try to violently kill each other. Inside the ship, they discover large skeletal remains of the long dead crew and thus realize that they are not the first ones to have been drawn to the planet by the distress beacon. Ib Melchior and Louis M. Heyward are credited with the script for the AIP English-language release version. In 1966, Castle of Frankenstein described the film as "Beautifully photographed Italian sfantasy with excellent sfx and superb color". Wes refuses and tries to sabotage the Meteor Rejector, but fatally electrocutes himself while doing so. "[1], In the late 1970s Atlas/Seaboard Comics published a short-lived comic book entitled Planet of Vampires, which combined plot elements from Bava's film with elements of Planet of the Apes and I Am Legend.[23]. Markary tears open Sallis' uniform, exposing his putrescent body. And regulations would never let the hero of Planet Of The Vampires, Chris Galland rock those luscious locks of his. [11] Richard Davis, in Films and Filming, wrote that "Bava is tied to a grossly synthetic studio set which doesn't for a moment convince of its extraterrestrial reality...the piece on the whole is poor stuff". The disembodied inhabitants of the world possess the bodies of the crew who died during the crash, and use the animated corpses to stalk and kill the remaining survivors. Volume » [1][9] Planet of the Vampires has accumulated a very positive critical response over the years. Markary and his crew rush to the Galliott to retrieve the Meteor Rejector. With the crew of the Galliott under their complete control, they plan to use the ship to escape to the humans' home planet.

Comic Vine users. Melchior wrote the screenplay for the English-language version of the film, with some assistance from AIP producer Louis M. "[18] Govindini Murty of The Atlantic, in a review of Prometheus, said, "The striking images Ridley Scott devises for Prometheus reference everything from Stanley Kubrick's 2001 to Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires. Markary vows to stop them.

And regulations would never let the hero of Planet Of The Vampires, Chris Galland rock those luscious locks of his.

[3] American International Pictures released the film as the supporting film on a double feature with Daniel Haller's Die, Monster, Die! Eventually, AIP heads Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson decided to coproduce some of these films, rather than just pay for the rights to distribute them, in order to have more control over their content.

The Terror from Beyond Space, 1958) was a direct influence on Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien. Enter the URL for the tweet you want to embed. [20] However, both Alien's director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Dan O'Bannon claimed at the time that they had never seen Planet of the Vampires. Published by Atlas Comics at a time when diversity was a much sought commodity in comics, Planet Of Vampires positively REEKS of the 70's and is all the better for it. Learn how and when to remove this template message, The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction, "Building the Perfect Star Beast: The Antecedents of 'Alien, "DVD Savant Review: Planet of the Vampires", "Decoding the Cultural Influences in 'Prometheus,' From Lovecraft to 'Halo,, Articles needing additional references from March 2018, All articles needing additional references, Articles containing Italian-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Società Italiana di Distribuzione (SIDIS), Franco Andrei as Bert (Garr in the Italian version), This page was last edited on 10 October 2020, at 21:00.

The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman and Rafael J. Salvia, was based on an Italian-language science fiction short story, Renato Pestriniero's "One Night of 21 Hours". Read Planet of Vampires Comic Online. According to Tim Lucas, the two plastic rocks were multiplied in several shots by mirrors and multiple exposures. While exploring Aura, Wes discovers the ruins of a spaceship a few miles from the Argos.
Both ships, the Galliott and the Argos, attempt to land on the surface of the fog-encased world. Markary's younger brother, Toby, is among the dead. Two huge interplanetary ships on an expedition into deep uncharted space receive a distress signal emanating from Aura, an unexplored planet. But where Scott's film tried to mask its humble drive-in origins, Planet of the Vampires revels in its origins.

(1965). They ask Wes, the last survivor, to join them. [15] Glenn Erickson (aka "DVD Savant") wrote in 2001 that "Bava's stunning gothic variation weaves a weird tale of flying saucers, ray guns and zombies that looks like no other space movie ever filmed".

The result is a triumph of the pulp imagination".