21 July 2024
Lifeforce (1985)
116 min.
Directed by Tobe Hooper.
With Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Mathilda May, Frank Finlay, Michael Gothard, Patrick Stewart, Nancy Paul.
Outrageous sci-fi/horror outing with alien vampires disguised as humans that travel to earth via Haley's Comet to claim victims, causing an apocalyptic outbreak of zombification in the UK.

Just as ridiculous as it sounds - and surely not Hooper's finest hour - yet it's shamelessly fun.

Railsback is over-the-top as an astronaut who is psychically connected to the lead (and always full-frontally nude) space vampiress.

Perhaps the seminal example of studio excess, this over-produced mega-flop now is now hailed as a camp classic.

Loosely based on Colin Wilson's Space Vampires, and featuring one of Henry Mancini's best latter-day scores.

The UK version is 20 minutes longer than domestic prints.

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