Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 252: Sun Sep 9

Planet of the Vampires (Bava, 1965):
Duke of Wellington pub, 119 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BL, 8pm

Here's a rare chance to catch a film that some critics reckon was a major influence on Alien and Prometheus.

Here's the Howling at the Moon film club's introduction: 'East London's HOWLING AT THE MOON are taking a cinematic trip beyond the stars this September and having a Sci-Fi themed film month at the Duke Of Wellington. First up we are very proud to present, from the mastermind behind Black Sunday, Black Sabbath and Bay of Blood... Mario Bava's PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES. A crew of astronauts receive a distress signal from planet Aura which they assume is uninhabited. After discovering the skeletal remains of a giant alien life form on board a crashed spacecraft the team begin to turn on each other, swayed by the influence of the planet and its strange vampiric inhabitants. Bava makes the most of the low budget and leisurely pace by splicing the proceedings with buckets of heavy atmosphere, some genuinely creepy setpieces and a splendid use of lighting and music. Shot in 1965 in “Colorscope” PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES is famously cited as being the inspiration for Ridley Scotts Alien and Prometheus, along with numerous other outer space adventures. So come join us for a rare one off screening of this laid-back and creepy cult gem. Entry is FREE as usual, as is the homemade popcorn.'
For more details see the Facebook event page here.

Here is the trailer.

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