Earth, the prologue tells us, is overrun by vampires, who do come from outer space. As a reaction to
this fact, scientist John Carradine assembles a motley crew & they
plan to take a rocketship to the planet fo the vampires ...
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If you do now think, this is going to be a rip-off of Terrore
nello Spazio (Planet of the Vampires) ... well, you are
wrong, because the prologue has no effect on the rest of the movie,
which now plays more like Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, with
footage from a foreign (Filipino) film, Tagani (1965, Rolf
Bayer), mixed & mashed together with
originally shot footage with an ageing horror star (Carradine in this
case). The story in fact tells about the rocketship crashlanding on some
planet that seems to just have been floating around & there they
meet some dinosaurs, cavemen (with some of them having a snake grow out
of their shoulders, others having fangs), batmen & crabmen, to name
just a few of the highlights. They also meet a woman with who they can
talk thanks to some advanced brain surgery & who is the link to the
Filipino-cavemen-footage, giving explanations about the war her tribe is
in, with more Filipino-footage showing just that. In the end, 2 of the
crew are killed, the others have to escape in a hurry because the spectrum-radiation
is eating up their red blood corpuscles - the same radiation
in fact that seems to have tinted all the footage in different primary
colours (fact is, the Filipino movie was black & white, but, this
being 1970, Independent International did want a colour movie & this
is what they came up with (!)).
In between, we actually see the crew of the earth's control center
having futuristic sex (this being, as it seems, having regular sex
Despite all the shortcomings - which you might have guessed
from above synopsis - this is a somehow endearing movie, the strangely
tinted Filipino footage being a hoot
all by itself, the very incoherent story (especially parts about the vampires
& the future sex which bear no connection to the actual story) being
just the icing. A film firmly rooted in pulp
fiction, & doing greatly at that.