Friday, June 08, 2012
Planet of the Vampires!!!
Today's quickie is in honor of the release of Prometheus, Ridley Scott's prequel of sorts to his sci-fi classic Alien (1979). As many critics have noted over the years, Scott's film appears to owe quite a debt of influence to Mario Bava's 1965 shocker in space, Planet of the Vampires (Terrore Nello Spazio). Do an image search and you're sure to find comparisons between the giant skeletons on board the derelict ship of Bava's with the "space jockey" of Scott's, which appears to be a plot point in Prometheus. Bava's film is simultaneously a throwback of sorts to earlier sci-fi films while also having an innovative and strange production design (such as the high-collared, black leather spacesuits worn by the cast).