Wednesday, September 17, 2008

September's Monster Movie of the Month - Planet of the Vampires [Terrore nello spazio] (1965)

Well, this movie was... interesting. More a horror film with a sci-fi setting, than sci-fi per se.

I liked it, but the whole thing felt a little... removed... as it played out. It's like I was visiting with some fellow, and he was relaying some intense experience he'd had to me - versus me being right in the middle of the experience myself. The social worker in me says This movie had a flat affect.

Visually, though... I thought the film was beautiful. This thing was made quickly for less than a hundred thousand bucks and the sets are cheap as cheap can be, but the way in which the film was shot makes them seem a lot more than they are. The colors are deep and vibrant - almost to the point of distraction - but they (somehow) manage to keep to the creepy-darkness of the plot-line.

Anyway, The movie's got a great premise taken from an Italian short story, about the "horrific experiences of the crew members of two... spaceships that have crash landed on a forbidding, unexplored planet. 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" (stolen from Wikipedia).

Below, a couple of possessed corpses rise from the grave with murder on their minds.

Creepy, huh?

So. For me, the film managed to be interesting and a little dull at the same time. Great story, really nice camerawork and cheesy unconvincing dialog. Although, to be fair, the version I watched was dubbed English - which almost always turns out cheesy and unconvincing. But I think it's worth a look just for the visuals.

Oh, by the way, those giant beast-like menace-ers on the poster only appear as long dead skeletons in the movie.

(And this is the end of my story.)