7 items from 2014
To celebrate the success of the Rosetta mission, we take a timely look at Lifeforce, an exceedingly strange comet-based sci-fi from 1985...
In olden times, comets were seen as portents of death and disaster, so goodness knws what they’d have thought of the Rosetta mission: the ambitious attempt to put a landing craft on the jagged bulk of a comet called Churyumov-Gerasimenko - a delicate procedure that’s still ongoing at the time of writing. Our ancestors probably would have thought we were completely mad. Or in league with the devil for creating such advanced machinery in the first place.
Then again, who knows what they would have thought of Lifeforce, the 1985 film about an exploratory mission to Halley’s Comet, which inadvertently causes a trio of space vampires to attack London - and all from the director Tobe Hooper, who brought us The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Lifeforce is, »
“Don’t worry. A naked girl is not going to get out of this complex!”
Lifeforce screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (September 5th and 6th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117)
The guys at Destroy the Brain are following up last month’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre with another film from director Tobe Hooper. His 1985 opus Lifeforce was exciting, trashy sci-fi from the nuts at Cannon Films, with a better than average cast, some decent special effects, an interesting premise, and yes, the hottest space vampire ever seen on screen! The plot of this gonzo sci-fi horror/hybrid is incomprehensible yet strangely compelling: A space crew brings back three bodies from an alien ship. All naked. Two guys and one girl. The guys don’t count for much. They’re not that important. What is important is the naked alien woman, (Mathilda May). She is to be lusted after, »
- Tom Stockman
In tribute to Menahem Golan and continuing the Hooper trend…
From the director of Poltergeist and the co-writer of Alien comes a thrilling sci-fi adventure of explosive action and pulse-pounding suspense! With mind-blowing special effects by Academy Award® winner John Dykstra (1977 Best Visual Effects, Star Wars), Lifeforce is a gripping mélange of genres that’s “so bizarre, it’s fascinating” (Leonard Maltin)!
A mission to investigate Halley’s Comet discovers an even stranger phenomenon: an alien spacecraft! Following a deadly confrontation, the aliens arrive on Earth, where their seductive leader begins a terrifying campaign to drain the lifeforce of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger. And when the mission’s sole survivor (Steve Railsback – The Stunt Man) sets out to destroy her, he comes face to face with the most charming – and horrifying – being he’s ever known. »
- Andy Triefenbach
‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ actress Marilyn Burns dead at 64 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress Marilyn Burns, the one cast member who manages to survive Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s low-budget 1974 horror cult classic, was found dead on Tuesday, August 4, 2014, at her home in the Houston area. According to her manager, "she was found unresponsive by a family member." The cause of death remains unclear. Burns (born on July 5, 1950, in Erie, Pennsylvania) was 64. The Houston-raised Marilyn Burns began appearing in films in the early ’70s. She had a bit part in Robert Altman’s Houston-filmed Brewster McCloud (1970), starring Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, and Shelley Duvall, and was later cast in a supporting role in Sidney Lumet’s Austin-shot 1974 drama Lovin’ Molly; however, Burns was ultimately replaced by Susan Sarandon, reportedly remaining in the production as a stand-in for both Sarandon and Blythe Danner. Also in 1974, Marilyn Burns landed the »
- Andre Soares
A new horror film called 'Haddie' is in the works. The film is currently in development and pre-production. Check out the details below.
On the night of the blood moon, there may be hell to pay. And that's where the couple inside feel they are. Hell. Trapped by things outside that they don't understand; animals or something more sinister? More evil. Add to the chaos outside; the chaos inside, with Debbie and Stephen arguing about money, and Debbie's sister arriving, drunk and horny for Stephen.
The film Haddie, which is between “in development” and “pre-production”, is a character-driven horror film, where Debbie and Stephen also have a strange meeting with a man at an abandoned gas station. And, are concerned that Haddie is not merely physically ill, but mentally as well. The film has a great cast attached:
The title character will be portrayed by Maria Olsen, »
The Stunt Man, Richard Rush’s spectacular and highly entertaining 1980 film starring Peter O’Toole and Steve Railsback, will be screened on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles. Director Richard Rush is scheduled to appear at the screening, and other cast members are due to be determined as the screening date approaches. From the press release:
Vietnam veteran Cameron (Steve Railsback) is on the run from the police when he stumbles onto the set of a war movie directed by megalomaniac Eli Cross (Peter O'Toole). But when the young fugitive is forced to replace a dead stunt man, he falls in love with the movie's leading lady (Barbara Hershey) while trying to avoid getting arrested or killed. Is Eli trying to capture Cameron's death on film? And what happens to a paranoid stunt man when illusion and reality change places? Completed in 1979 but unreleased until 1980, this innovative »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Hewitt tells If the film is in the spirit of Brian Trenchard-Smith.s 1982 cult item Turkey Shoot but is not a reboot. .I loved Turkey Shoot but I did not want to remake it," he says. "This is a complete reinvention..
Principal photography starts in Melbourne on February 5. The Post Lounge is handling the visual effects and investing in the film. The producer is Antony I. Ginnane, who produced Turkey Shoot, with David Lightfoot as line producer and Lizzette Atkins as associate producer. Trenchard-Smith is an executive producer.
- Don Groves
7 items from 2014
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