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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Vampire Men of the Lost Planet, a.k.a. Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970)

What fresh hell is this? Or, rather, what rewarmed hell is this? Vampire Men of the Lost Planet (VMLP) is an unforgettable film in all the wrong ways. Once you see it, you cannot unsee it!!

Director/producer Al Adamson made his living making cheap films for the drive-in market during the 1960's and 1970's. With VMLP he adds new footage to snippets from three old movies in order to create an unforgettable, as well as unforgivable, viewing experience. The films in question are One Million B.C. (1940), The Wizard of Mars (1965), and Tagani (1965). Visually, he ties everything together by using monocolor filters on all the old film stock and then includes an explanation in the plot as to why this phenomenon is happening. It's audacious and brilliant!

This is the kind of film that would make Ed Wood smile. The sets are cheaply constructed and look like something from a High School play. The cast of characters include vampires, astronauts, cavemen, dinosaurs, and crabs and bats that are humans in Halloween costumes (I kid you not)! Then there's the over-the-top, exuberant performance of John Carradine who tries to keep this sinking ship afloat by over-acting the part. He fails miserably. The only other notable actor in the cast is Robert Dix who also starred in Forbidden Planet.

If you like really, really bad cinema, then VMLP will tickle you with delight. Otherwise, I would avoid this film like the vampire plague depicted in this movie!


For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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