Naked Space Vampires

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Hold onto your precious essence, because Lifeforce is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring the UK’s own Ollie Bulmer.

Review in a Nutshell:  Great special effects, droll British performances, and the lovely Mathilda May can’t prevent this troubled Golan / Globus production from being tugged in too many different directions at once.  Is this the Greatest Movie EVER?  Ollie and I disagree.

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5 Responses

  1. Yes! LIFEFORCE is like STARCRASH with a budget – one of my all-time favorite bad movies! It’s completely ridiculous, wallows in its trashy premise (nude lifeforce vampires from outer space) like it’s an Oscar-bait social drama, has a hilariously overwrought performance by Steve Railsback and a tongue-in-cheek one by Frank Findlay…and the sight of a Sir Patrick Stewart puppet bleeding out of his eyeballs and nostrils. What’s not to love…?

  2. Why has no one else commented on this movie?

    I’m glad to hear that someone else picked up on the Quartermass atmosphere of the film. I’ve said that this would be a Quartermass movie if they still made them in the ’80s, filled with the hardcore nudity and violence that Nigel Kneale abhorred but was commonplace in that era.

    Also, I’m surprised no one picked up on the Dan O’Bannon solution to fighting zombies when one of you mentioned Return Of The Living Dead, which ended with, as the NATO general in Lifeforce explicitly mentions “area cauterization via thermonuclear device”. So, zombie outbreak, nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

  3. It’s a shame noone else has commented here, especially given the thematic nature of the film which I dipped my toes into when discussing with Paul. That and it being one of my favourite films as stated means the lack of interest is a tad disheartening I suppose. Interesting connection made regarding O’Bannon’s writing there Young Freud, I however like I said in the show have not seen Return Of The Living Dead all the way through; I shall rectify that in the new year mind.

  4. According to the show, all the LIFEFORCE love is on The Greatest Movie Ever Podcast’s Facebook Page, Young Freud! I never get any notifications when Paul does an update there, which is weird as I LIKED the page years ago.

    I suppose Hooper thought he was doing a tribute to the Quatermass series with LIFEFORCE – there are a couple scenes that directly reference the Hammer version of QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (which despite having been on AMC every Halloween for several years, currently doesn’t have a US DVD/Blu-Ray release). Problem is, the writing on LIFEFORCE isn’t anywhere close to on a par with the Quatermass stories – so rather than presenting the powerfully resonant science fantasy story they hoped to, they gave us a laff riot instead!

    True, Railsback’s jittery performance didn’t help matters any – but The Many Distinguished Stars of British Stage and Screen didn’t come off any better. It really says something when your movie’s highlights are Frank Findlay playing a possessed scientist/historian as a vaudeville routine, and Patrick Stewart breaking out his best soul-rending scream just before he turns into a blood-leaking puppet! (I think Sir Patrick used the same scream on THE DAILY SHOW when he pretended to be correspondent John Oliver….)

  5. I was glad to hear your comments about LIFEFORCE, Invid Ninja. While I don’t love the movie as much as you do, I certainly didn’t find it boring as Paul seemed to. Like I said, it’s hilariously overwrought – a lot like one of Tammy’s and I’s favorite guilty pleasures, QUEEN OF THE DAMNED.

    Now there’s a Greatest Movie Ever for you, Paul!

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