Another classic example of an extremely low budget film forced to rely heavily on atmosphere and ingenuity to deliver a fun, little sci-fi horror flick. Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires' is about a group of astronauts who find themselves on a mysterious planet where strange, unexplainable things begin to happen. While this film is essentially about a Planet of Vampires, it is not what you imagine. Much of the film is spent with the astronauts, isolated and alone, trying to figure out how to escape this horrific environment as stranger and stranger continue to happen. The vampires are more like symbiotes, than vampires in the traditional sense, taking control of their hosts. This one is absolutely oozing with atmosphere, from one of the most bright and vivid color palette's I've ever seen, to the fog soaked atmosphere, Bava delivers the goods. Once again, Bava proves he is a master of compositions which really aid in creating a foreboding atmosphere. The set designs are also of note, as they are endlessly creative and intricately designed. The film does have a pretty great ending too. This is not a particularly scary film, but there is a certain psychedelic, eery quality to the film, that alone, makes it worth watching.
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