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War of the Planets (1965)

An informal prequel to The Wild, Wild Planet, and shot back-to-back with it using virtually the same cast, director Antonio Margheriti’s alien invasion saga isn’t in the same entertaining league despite some smart flourishes and cool visual delights.

In the 21st Century, shapeless aliens from Mars named the Diaphanoids – who are composed mainly of light – attack Earth via taking over the astronauts and crew of Space Station Gamma One in watered-down Body Snatchers-style.


It is up to Commander Mike Halstead (Tony Russell) and his crew – including Lt. Jake Jacowitz (Franco Nero) and Halstead’s girlfriend, Lt. Connie Gomez (Lisa Gastoni) – to halt the menace.

Cmdr. Mike Halstead
Tony Russell
Lt. Connie Gomez
Lisa Gastoni
Lt. Jake Jacowitz
Franco Nero
Carlo Giustini
Enzo Fiermonte
Lt. Fina Marlie
Linda Sini
Capt. Tice
Frank Lantier
Gen. Paul Maitland
Umberto Raho
Goffredo Unger
Vittorio Bonos

Antonio Margheriti