Astronauts forced to land on a desolate planet discover a nightmarish world of fog shrouded landscapes and mind altering alien forces that have the ability to posses both the living and the dead. Slowly, their numbers begin to dwindle.
Eerie shocker from Italian horror master Mario Bava was years ahead of its time in terms of combining gothic trappings with hard science fiction. His customary use of vivid colors and a simplistic yet ghostly art design help install an impending sense of dread throughout the film. Future filmmakers definetly took notice. The barren, simplistic alien terrain and a sequence involving a derelict alien ship and its skeleton crew were major influences on Ridley Scott’s ALIEN (1979).
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