Terrore nello spazio (1965)

Italy, Spain,
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, Italian

An Italian science fiction film directed by Mario Bava.

Plot Summary

A group of investigate the mysterious planet Aura hoping to find out why the crew of a previous mission went mad and turned on each other. They discover that the culprits are a race of disembodied trying to escape their dying world.


Directed by: Mario Bava
© American International Productions – MCMLXV [1965] [US version]
Italian International Film, Castilla Cooperativa Cinematografica (Madrid)
American International Pictures [logo] James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present. An American International picture [US version]
Produced by: Fulvio Lucisano
Associate Producer: Salvatore Billitteri
Written by: Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Román, Mario Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Rafael J. Salvia
Screenplay by: Ib Melchior and Louis M. Heyward [US version]
Screen Story by: Ib Melchior [US version]
Based on the Story One Night of 21 Hours by: Renato Pestriniero published in Interplanet 3 science fiction magazine
Director of Photography: Antonio Rinaldi
Editors: Antonio Gimeno, Romana Fortini
Music Instrumentation and Electronic Effects by: Gino Marinuzzi Jr; Antonio Perez Olca *
Sound Recording: Mario Ronchetti, Eugenio Fiori
Costume Designer: Gabriella Mayer
Head Makeup: Maurizio Giustini
Hair Stylist: Gabriella Borzelli
Art Director: Carlo Gentili
Photographed at: Cinecittà

Barry Sullivan (Captain Mark Markary)
Norma Bengell (Sanya)
Ángel Áranda (Wess)
Evi Marandi (Tiona)
Stelio Candelli (Brad)
Franco Andrei (Garr)
Fernando Villeña (Doctor Karan)
Mario Morales (Eldon)
Ivan Rassimov (Carter)
Rico Boido (Keir)
Alberto Cevenini (Toby, Mark's younger brother)
Massimo Righi (Captain Sallas [#2])

Alternative Titles

The Demon Planet – USA (television)
The Haunted Planet
The Haunted World
The Outlawed Planet
Planet der Vampire – West Germany
Planet of Blood
The Planet of Terror
The Planet of the Damned
Planet of the Vampires – UK, USA
El planeta de los vampiros – Mexico
O Planeta dos Vampiros – Brazil, Portugal
La Planète des vampires – France
O Planitis ton vrykolakon – Greece (video)
Schrecken im Weltall – West Germany (television)
Space Mutants
Terror en el espacio – Spain
Terror in Space
Terror w kosmosie – Poland
Vámpírok bolygója – Hungary

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Blood-Drinking Beings (1996)
Eurotika!: Blood and Black Lace: A Short History of the Italian Horror Film (1999)
Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996)
Joe Dante Remembers Twitch of the Death Nerve (2011)

See also
Alien (1979)
Alien Evolution (2001)
The Angry Red Planet (1960)
Anno zero: Guerra nello spazio (1977)
Creature (1985)
Event Horizon (1997)
Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Planet of the Vampire Women (2011)



  • Bianco e Nero vol.27 no.1/2 (January/February 1966) p.9
  • The Daily Cinema no.9602 (20 November 1968) p.8
  • Fangoria no.208 (November 2001) p.65 – DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.188 no.18 (26 November 1965) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.3188 (16 November 1968) p.20
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.35 no.419 (December 1968) p.204
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.53 no.625 (February 1986) p.59-60
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.53 no.626 (March 1986) p.95 – note
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.234 no.12 (22 December 1965) p.428
  • Starburst no.268 (December 2000) p.30-35 – illustrated credits, article (Terror in space by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Variety 1 December 1965


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig  pp.290-291
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.122-123 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.174
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.245-246
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.122-123
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.152-54
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.174; 319
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.353
  • The Haunted World of Mario Bava by Troy Howarth pp.128-135; 337-338 – illustrated review; credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.387-388
  • Italian Horror Films of the 1960s by Lawrence McCallum pp.166-172 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1970 p.114 – credits
  • Mario Bava by Alberto Pezzotta pp.48-51; 106
  • Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark by Tim Lucas pp.599-631 – illustrated review, synopsis, production notes, credits
  • by Walt Lee p.373 – credits
  • Rock ‘n' Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.175-178; 291
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.326-329

Other sources

  • 62nd Venice Film Festival Catalogue (August 2005) p.347 – credits, note, synopsis (In retrospective: Secret History of Italian Cinema 2)