Planet of the vampires

My current pastime on weekend mornings is watching old science fiction movies from the 60’s and 70’s, and yes they typically are as bad you think. That’s kind of the ‘charm’ of them.

But every now and again you unearth something unexpected, a forgotten gem and that in this particular case is “Planet of the vampire”.

Somewhat misleadingly titled since there are no vampires to speak off on said planet, the story concerns a crew of a spaceship which investigate the mysterious signal emanating from a volcanic planet.

And if that sounds familiar to you, that’s not the only surprising similarity you’ll find with a much later alien film. But we don’t want to give away too much since it’s worth watching for that woo moment when you start to see certain iconic set pieces.

It’s well worth a watch if you’re a fan of sci-fi and old sci-fi in particular, the film is visually stunning in HD, with its sets and costuming. Though as you’d expect from a film made in 1965 the tech’s a bit off, but surprisingly doesn’t look as dated as you might expect.

All in all, I really enjoyed.