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Lifeforce Reviews

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April 26, 2017
It started out really interesting, but it turned out to be just alright
½ March 29, 2017
Exponentially ridiculous.
October 23, 2016
Bonkers and good at the same time!
½ October 10, 2016
Spectacular effects, some risky story elements, and a odd film in all. Lifeforce doesn't quite flow together smoothly, and there are some silly moments, but it's a unique horror film with some cool sci-fi elements.
October 9, 2016
Somewhat overlong and unfocused but it has moments of charm and some splendid fx amongst the long lingering shots of gratuitous nudity.
October 3, 2016
An insane journey. The action starts not even a minute in and does not let up. 30 minutes later you'll be asking yourself, "is this the same film I was watching 30 minutes ago?" You'll do the same an hour in, and again, and again with greater frequency! Seriously this film has everything: High budget sets, low budget sets, no budget left sets, space walks, space bats, space sphicters within a giant space metaphor, not-vampire not-clothed space ladies, dry not-zombie vampires, wet not-zombie vampires, long walks through the countryside, endless psychic techno-jargon laced exposition, the exorcism of Captain Picard, chaos in the streets (complete with Ghostbusters style special effects), exploding miniatures, highlander swords, martial law, true love and, of course, the impending nuclear strike of London. Then, before any drawn out final exposition can screw things up by attempting to reel back in the truly manic plot, the credits roll. An ideal horror film experience if ever there was.
August 18, 2016
This starts off as an interesting science-fiction movie, but it unfolds into many things, notably a vampire movie and a zombie apocalypse movie. It is entertaining but fuzzy, and there are a few inelegant plot dumps that really pull the whole movie down.
½ June 5, 2016
Lifeforce is a delightful alien invasion/body horror film from Tobe (Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist) Hooper The film goes on longer than it can sustain--it's actually 1 hr 56 min despite the above listed running time. Apart from that, it is a delightfully original, creepy, erotic, and bizarre piece of science fiction-horror cinema that blends Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires, Ridley Scott's Alien (inspired by Bava's film), and Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers together into a wonderful new gestalt. Guest appearances,an unrepentant use of nudity, and loads of gore blend together with an inspired aesthetic and delightfully apocalyptic vibe to make Lifeforce an unforgettable film that further attests to Hooper's talent.
May 1, 2016
A cult sci-fi / zombie film with some bad acting and a silly story.
½ October 12, 2015
Sort of a cross between "Alien" and "Species" but with space vampires.
October 5, 2015
One of those cheesy 1980s scifi films, being by turns self-serious, off the wall, and fairly grandiose. Reminded me of old school Doctor Who so I liked it, warts and all. Music score was top notch.
August 23, 2015
Lifeforce es una película con muchísimos problemas a nivel de guión y edición, no sabiendo encontrar el ritmo o una lógica interna a los sucesos que se van aconteciendo. Sin embargo es una de esas películas de ciencia-ficción y terror de los ochentas que tienen tanto encanto que no puedes evitar sentirte arrastrado hasta ellas.

Claro que la preciosa Mathilda May también ayuda...
July 20, 2015
This film is a rather interesting piece of sci-fi. It's a vampire film wherein the vampires are shape-shifting aliens who travel from planet to planet, absorbing whatever life energy they can. As ridiculous as that might sound, this film manages to handle the concept decently well, in the sense that the film's vampires really are on a different conceptual level, rather than just cheap Dracula knock-offs in spacesuits. The story itself is quite interesting, with the central narrative revolving around attraction, but it's plagued by a somewhat slow pacing, and is hampered further by a rather inconsistent tone. The beginning of the film moves slowly with not much happening, then it turns into a kind of sci-fi mystery film, then it becomes a weird kind of erotic thriller film (if the term "erotic" even applies here), before finally shifting into an awkwardly paced zombie film, but with fire and explosions all over the place. The characters don't exactly help much. They aren't bad, but, with a few exceptions, the performances seem are really stale and unconvincing. On the plus side, the film has a rather nice visual palette, though is mainly seen at the beginning and end of the film. On the whole, the film isn't terrible. In fact, amongst all the other sci-fi and horror films, this one is a rare breed. At the very least, I liked the way that it tried to mix ideas that wouldn't go well together, and that at least is more than could be said about many of the films being churned out today.
July 15, 2015
Tobe Hooper ?????????????Alien?Space Vampire ?Zombie?The Thing?????????????????????????
½ June 30, 2015
Cannon productions in the 1980s usually spelled low budget B films. Lifeforce was one of their biggest films with a £15m budget in 1985.
Filmed at Elstree, London and with a big British pool of film making talent more accustomed to Bond films this is a cult film from the era.
Based on a seventies sci-fi novel The Space Vampires this film is based on the theme of space based 'vampires' that don't suck blood from their victims rather there life and souls 'lifeforce'.
The film begins with a US/British joint space exploration of Halleys Comet aboard a space shuttle called the Churchill.
The shuttle discovers an alien spacecraft in the tail of the comet which contains three humanoids in glass chambers.
These human like aliens somehow break free and reak havoc in London of all places!
Keeping up! Strange plot!
The film contains so many elements of other films of the period (Superman and the Krypton baddies in the phantom zone, Star Trek, Bond London scenes and effects that try to rival American Warewolf in London).
The cast is mainly little known but does include Patrick Stewart pre Star Trek with the last remnants of his hair!
Michael Gothard (The Devils, For Your Eyes Only)
The film reaches a crescendo in London with destruction scenes and puppetry effects to rival American Warewolf.
For some reason Stewart is a Doctor at a mental institution in Yorkshire (I think he is from Mirfield near Huddersfield).
For a film with such a strange plot and dodgy effects it does keep you watching.
April 2, 2015
NAKED SEXY SPACE VAMPIRES!!! this truly insane 80's sci-fi horror extravaganza is visually incredible and madly imaginative and has one of the most demented concepts imaginable, a space trip leads to the discovery of a massive vessel while exploring Halley's comet, a vessel filled with, as i mentioned, space vampire beings. The sexiest, most naked and least dead one (the mesmerizing Mathilda May) uses one of the astronauts to get down to earth and take it over, primarily London. It's big, awesomely well realized, weird and cool, and features the first of two instances in movies where Patrick Stewart is possessed by some guys female lover who talks through him in a strange "where is this going" type moment. Must be seen to be believed really. A gem of 80's genre cinema.
March 21, 2015
Another beautiful disaster of a Tobe Hooper movie that I for one love every second of especially Patrick Stewart's hilarious cameo. You will never see the man make more of a fool of himself than in his scene. The Scene stealing Matilda May delivers a memorable performance for obvious reasons :). The entire concept of Space Vampires is enough to captivate my inner B-Movie desires into one out of ordinary film experience that is easily dismissible to the casual filmgoer. Hooper goes all out with the visuals even if some of the films effects are dated even for those days. What we get here is a huge budgeted Corman film that clearly Hooper was passionate over. On the down note there are so many scattered ideas here its almost hard to keep up with them all. In focus the film is a conundrum of convoluted ideas that will cause instant dismissal to the films better qualities. This was made for hardcore sci-fi B-movie lovers that will relish in all of the ideas no matter how asinine. After all we are talking about the director that reinvented the term asinine when it comes to film. Hooper is still the man.
January 22, 2015
Suffers from a lack of focus....just too much going on.Very confusing.
½ December 26, 2014
Cannon Pictures went big-time with this film, leaving behind their ninja films and endless Death Wish sequels in hopes of their first blockbuster. To do this, the adapted a novel titled "Space Vampires." As the novel's title would denote, it's a pretty absurd story, but he film is made with utter seriousness and it actually does work, despite the gonzo story. A team of astronauts is sent to investigate the tail of Haley's Comet. In the tail they find a long abandoned alien spaceship that's filled with strange bat-like creatures along with three unconscious (and nude) humans, two men and one woman. Then ALA "Dracula" the NASA spaceship returns to earth with entire crew dead, except for commander Steve Railsback who's at a loss to tell what happened. From there the film get's eve weird, with naked space vampires roaming London and then taking the entire city to the brink of an end-of-the-world scenario, complete with zombies, mass hysteria and magic swords. Tobe Hooper directed this as a follow-up to his best film, "Poltergeist," which was reputedly an unofficial largely made by Steven Spielberg and may be the truth since it felt far more like a Spielberg film than anything Hooper ever made before or since. Hooper though did prove with this film that he could help a big budget blockbuster level of film and did it quite well. The problem with this film is the gonzo story doesn't quite square with the serious tone. A film like "Alien," which was also written by Dan O'Bannon, too a B-movie premise and made it a classy A-movie material. This film also takes B-movie material, but this material is just so crazy that even a fine cast that includes the likes of the underrated Steve Railsback (who give another one of his deranged Dwayne Barry performances) and Patrick Stewart and also features some terrific special effects and production values cannot overcome this absurd material. I do have to admit though that the wild story is part of the appeal of this film to me, though to non-film geeks this film will probably just feel absurd. But despite this film's faults, it's some that's I've always enjoyed and had a soft spot for. Composter Henry Mancini provides an uncharacteristically muscular score for the film. John Dykstra, who's worked on everything from "Star Wars" to the Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" to Tarantino's "Django Unchained," provided special effects that still hold up today. To give this film a capsule review, it's a SyFy channel "Sharktopus" quality of story given a James Cameron level of treatment.
½ December 1, 2014
Extremely weird and very silly with some top notch special effects, and played so po-faced the mind boggles (unintentional laughs abound!), but if you're looking for naked 80's space vampires then this is the flick for you!
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