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. –IMDb
Mario Bava was born in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy. The son of Eugenio Bava, a sculptor who became a pioneer of special effects photography and subsequently one of the great cameramen of Italian silent pictures, Mario Bava’s first ambition was to become a painter. Unable to turn out paintings at a profitable rate, he went into his father’s business, working as an assistant to other Italian cinematographers like Massimo Terzano, while also offering assistance to his father who headed the special effects department at Benito Mussolini’s film factory, the Instituto LUCE.
Bava became a cinematographer in his own right in 1939, shooting two short films with Roberto Rossellini. He made his feature debut in the early 1940s. Bava’s camerawork was an instrumental factor in developing the screen personas of such stars of the period as Gina Lollobrigida, Steve Reeves and Aldo Fabrizi.
Bava co-directed his first genre film in 1958: Le morte viene dallo spazio (The Day the Sky Exploded… read more
The original "In space, no one can hear you scream" horror flick. When a ship receives a distress signal coming from a mysterious, fog-covered planet, they land only to find themselves at the mercy of mysterious, yet invisible entities. As always with Bava, this one is all in the lush visuals, deliberate pacing, and rich atmosphere. The color photography and exotic sets, the leather space outfits all scream retro. Planet of the Vampires is very much of its era in terms of aesthetics, but it is hard not to love, and Bava subverts all of the conventional sci-fi tropes into something quite sinister. This is a scary movie, genuinely terrifying. Watching this in the dark I began to hear things, and honestly, I was constantly on the verge of running through the house and turning on all the lights, but I was just so hypnotized by the proceedings on-screen that I just could not budge, even just a little. Bava's work is a textbook example of how to make a great horror film. The visuals alone are just a complete punch to the gut; there is an expressionistic bravura and deliberate artificiality to them that sci-fi films today just do not have. Love, love, love this one.