Planet of the Vampires (1965)
Film and Plot Synopsis
Planet of the Vampires begins in the near future with two spaceships, Argos and Galliot, investigating a mysterious planet they call Aura. As the Galliot lands on the planet, the crew attacks one another. They survive the ordeal, but when they soon discover the crashed Argos, they find the crew on that ship died fighting each other. Investigating further, they find the existence of a race of bodiless aliens which hope to escape their dying world anyway possible.
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The two crews wake from their ordeal only to have alien creatures possess them, and force them try to kill one another. Somehow Captain Mark Markary (Barry Sullivan) of the Argos resists the mind control, and saves his crew. Unfortunately for the crew of the Galliott, they kill themselves in a bloody fight.
Captain Markary’s little brother, Toby (Alberto Cevenini), is one of the dead on the Galliott, and the Argos’ crew buries him and the others in shallow graves outside their ship. When they go to retrieve some dead bodies locked inside the Galliott’s bridge, they find the bodies missing.
With repairs needed to fix their ship, the crew waits. Tiona (Evi Marandi), a crew member, freaks out when she sees one of the corpses rise from the dead, and she freezes with fright.
The hidden danger
Captain Markary realizes the danger his crew is in, and he has them work twice as hard to get the repairs done to their ship. While they work, crew members mysteriously begin disappearing or dying. Markary believes nobody will survive the planet.
Crew member Wess (Ángel Aranda) explores the planet, and soon discovers the wreckage of an ancient spaceship. When Markary and Sanya explore it, they find the monstrous-sized skeletons of its former crew. The ship traps the two inside it, but they escape.
Eventually, two “deceased” crew members of the Galliott show up at the Argos to steal the ship’s Meteor Rejector device as theirs was damaged. One member escapes with it, but Captain Markary captures the other, and he exposes himself as an alien who possessed the dead body.
The alien further reveals that the ships were lured to the planet so they could take over the crew’s bodies, escape the dying planet, and head to the human’s home world to repopulate. Captain Marker tries to stop them by stealing back the Meteor Rejector, and leaving them on the planet.
Captain Markary and his remaining crew members manage to retrieve the rejector, and destroy the Galliott. In the process, everyone is killed except for Captain Markary, Sanya (Norma Bengell), and Wess (who was left back to finish the repairs on the ship).
The Argos takes off with the three, but Wess quickly discovers the aliens have actually possessed Captain Markary and Sanya. Wess tries to stop them, and breaks the Meteor Rejector. He dies from electrocution in the process. Now with a damaged ship, Markary and Sanya set sail for the nearest planet. They find a blue planet in the system of Solaris called Earth.
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American International Pictures (AIP) released Planet of the Vampires to theaters on October 27, 1965. Mario Bava directed the film starring Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, and Ángel Aranda.