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The marriage of three staple horror brands - alien invasion, vampires and the zombie apocalypse - becomes too much to handle for uneven director Tobe Hooper as he throws away a huge budget on an illogical and senseless script as well as a mixed bag of more or less successful visual effects. The sillyness involved does make everything mildy interesting, but don't be mistaken - this is not a good movie - but one can certainly sense the amount of potential going to waste - which is in itself facinating - and no movie with a beautiful nude space-vampire-vixen strutting around is entirely worthless.
One of Tobe Hooper's best.
Lifeforce is an amazing take on the vampire genre, and it's not just that it's heady mix of 60s procedural science-fiction, 70s psychosexuality, and 80s blood and guts is, on the surface of it, completely bonkers. The way it switches genres all the time might jarring to some audiences. I dare say there's a lot more to the story, entangling vamps - SPACE vamps! - with the concept of soul mates. The blood transference innate to the vampire genre (reimagined as soul transference, but same deal) evokes the idea that vampires become us as much as their backwash turns us into vampires. It's not a leeching, but a transfusion. And so their allure taps into the narcissistic impulse. We want to become them, or what they represent in our psyche, but risk losing our souls by diving deep into what might be the worst part of ourselves. That's pretty rich subtext for such a lurid film (the main villain is naked for most of her scenes), and for a B-movie by Cannon Films, there's a lot of money and know-how on the screen. I love the look of the vampire ship, and the animatronic zombies are pretty cool too. On the acting front, I like to think Peter Firth is playing his same MI-5 character, and look, Patrick Stewart just a couple years before Star Trek! Deserves a better reputation.
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