Director Mario Bava was mostly known for his horror films when he tackled Terrore nello spazio, which later was to be retitled Planet of the Vampires for North American audiences. He had a great love for science fiction and it truly shows in this American International Pictures and Italian International Film co-production as almost every frame of this film is a work of art.
Many levels of beauty.
Ridley Scott certainly never saw this movie.
“Young people just aren’t cut out for space travel.”
“Set phasers to awesome.”
“They died as they lived; horribly.”
Nope, Ridley Scott totally never saw this movie.
Ancient dead space navigators are the least of their problems, as the dead members of the Galliott don’t seem to want to stay buried. Our heroes come to the quick conclusion that not only can this strange alien presence take over you when you sleep but it’s even easier to take you over when you’re dead.
“No, I’m not dead. Why do you ask?”
Markary and his crew rush to the Galliott to retrieve the Meteor Rejector with the secondary mission being to plant explosives and blow the Galliott and its alien infected crew to smithereens. Only Captain Markary and Sanya (Norma Bengell) make it back, as Wess launches them into space and away from the Planet of the Vampires.
“That was a close call, lucky none of us got taken over… right?”
What a twist!