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Lifeforce (1985)

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A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Col. Tom Carlsen
... Col. Colin Caine
... Dr. Hans Fallada
... Space Girl
... Dr. Armstrong
... Dr. Bukovsky
Nicholas Ball ... Roger Derebridge
... Sir Percy Heseltine
Nancy Paul ... Ellen Donaldson
... Lamson
John Keegan ... Guard
Chris Jagger ... First Vampire (as Christopher Jagger)
Bill Malin ... Second Vampire
... Pathologist
... Physician
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Storyline

The space shuttle Churchill is assigned to observe the Halley's Comet under the command of Col. Tom Carlsen. They see a strange form attached to the comet and Carlsen goes with a team to investigate. They find three humanoid life forms in caskets and they bring them to the Churchill. However, Earth loses contact with the shuttle and the Space Research Center sends another spacecraft to search the Churchill. They find the crew dead and the shuttle burnt and one rescue pod missing. They bring the humanoids to Earth and soon Dr. Hans Fallada and his team discover that the Space Girl is a sort of vampire and drains the life force from people transforming them into zombies. When the authorities find that Col. Tom Carlsen has survived, they summon him to explain what happened in the Churchill. Carlsen tells an incredible story about the three aliens and he teams up with Col. Colin Caine trying to save mankind from the evil vampires from the space. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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With an insatiable hunger, they are coming...Mankind is their prey [Australia Theatrical] See more »


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21 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Space Intruders  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,209,136, 23 June 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,603,545
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Brian Carroll, who plays one of the Churchill crew, was killed in a road accident, while the film was in post-production. In editing, most of his role ended up being cut, plus all of his lines were cut. In the end, his role in the film was reduced to being an extra. See more »

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Dr Fallada says that the Space Girl is in the Cathedral in London, in "the crypt of kings and queens". The cathedral in question is presumably intended to be St Paul's (though in appearance it does not accurately match the real St Paul's). However, no king or queen of England has ever been buried in St Paul's, except for Ethelred (1016). There are two other cathedrals in London: Southwark and Westminster. No king or queen of England has ever been buried in either of them. Many kings and queens of England have been buried in the entirely separate Westminster Abbey, and others at Windsor. This could be regarded as an error made by the Fallada character rather than by the film makers. See more »

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Space Girl: I am the feminine in your mind, Carlsen.
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The Lifeforce Theme
Written by Michael Kamen and Henry Mancini
Performed by Henry Mancini
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Glorious, demented, insane, has to be seen to be believed. Humankind's greatest achievement?
9 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Did director Tobe Hooper, writers Dan O'Bannon ("Alien", "Return of the Living Dead") and Don Jakoby ("Blue Thunder"), in addition to some uncredited writers who presumably did rewrites of the original script, or any of the cast actually think they were making a good movie during the production of "Lifeforce"? The movie gets progressively wackier, more disturbingly bizarre, hilarious, over-the-top, and greater by the minute. When you think that the movie couldn't possibly become more demented, that it was already as nutty as anything could possibly be it outdoes itself. I really don't know if this was at any point supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, if anybody involved thought it was genuinely creepy or effective, or if they were just too distracted by Mathilda May's exquisite breasts and rear end to care, but the end result is quite simply one of the greatest films ever made.

Here are some reasons why "Lifeforce" is perhaps humankind's greatest achievement to date (and probably impossible to surpass):

  • Mathilda May is nude for the entirety of the film, and she is "the most overwhelmingly feminine presence" you will ever see. Yes, that is a quote from the film.


  • Steve Railsback gives one of the most gloriously, hilariously over-the-top performances in the history of film.


  • It is, to quote a fellow IMDb member, 'the greatest naked space vampire zombies from Halley's Comet running amok in London end-of-the-world movie ever made'. Yes, that is actually the plot.


  • Frank Finlay, Peter Firth, and Patrick Stewart embarrass themselves.


  • Special effects and design that are actually good, adding to the suggestion that someone somewhere actually took this thing seriously, which is quite a disturbing thought.


  • Unbelievably stilted delivery of some of the finest dialogue known to man, examples of which include:


"She looks perfect. I've been in space six months and she looks perfect to me."

""Don't worry, a naked woman is not going to get out of this complex."

"Despite appearances this woman is a masochist, an extreme masochist."

"He too needs feeding."

"She's totally alien to this planet and our life form... and totally dangerous."

"I'm Colonel Cane." "From the SAS?"

"It was two hours ago that the guard was attacked. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we're seeing a pattern here."

"Colonel, take it from the beginning. Assume we know nothing... which is understating the matter."

Colonel Cane looks at a shriveled corpse, then asks: "and this was murder, you say? "

"Lifeforce" is not merely another 'so bad it's good' movie. It is not an example of a film made by individuals with ambition far beyond their reach. No, it is quite simply THE most audacious, spectacular, hilarious, absurd, insane, riotous, crazy, deliriously demented science fiction film of all time. I cannot fully articulate why it is deserving of being one spot ahead of Samuel Fuller's "Pickup on South Street" on my list of favorite films, but I do know that it is. "Lifeforce" elevates craziness to an art form. Quite possibly the most entertaining film known to man, and perhaps our greatest achievement as a species.


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