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Trailers from Hell and Joe Dante Visit 'Planet of the Vampires'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2014 at 11:29AM

Destination Outer Space! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director and TFH creator Joe Dante Gothic grandmaster Mario Bava's introducing "Planet of the Vampires."
'Planet of the Vampires'
'Planet of the Vampires'

Destination Outer Space! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Gothic grandmaster Mario Bava's "Planet of the Vampires."

Bava leaves his corpse-strewn crypts behind and takes off into deep (and scary) outer space. In doing so he simply transforms the spaceships into intergalactic haunted houses (though sans cobwebs). Britain’s Monthly Film Bulletin accurately pegged this lurid Italian-Spanish-US mash-up as “a triumph of mind over matter, or of Bava over a shoestring budget and appalling dubbed dialogue”. It comes replete with the director’s usual stylistic flourishes including the oddly fetishistic space suits worn by the beleaguered astronauts and a super-saturated red and green color scheme that suggests sinister Christmas tree lighting.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.