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Lifeforce (1985)

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A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.

Director:

Tobe Hooper

Writers:

Colin Wilson (novel), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Railsback ... Col. Tom Carlsen
Peter Firth ... Col. Colin Caine
Frank Finlay ... Dr. Hans Fallada
Mathilda May ... Space Girl
Patrick Stewart ... Dr. Armstrong
Michael Gothard ... Dr. Bukovsky
Nicholas Ball Nicholas Ball ... Roger Derebridge
Aubrey Morris ... Sir Percy Heseltine
Nancy Paul Nancy Paul ... Ellen Donaldson
John Hallam ... Lamson
John Keegan John Keegan ... Guard
Chris Jagger Chris Jagger ... First Vampire (as Christopher Jagger)
Bill Malin Bill Malin ... Second Vampire
Jerome Willis ... Pathologist
Derek Benfield ... 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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Intruders See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Winner was offered the chance to direct the film. See more »

Goofs

Halley's comet is repeatedly referred to as "Haley's comet". While Halley's comet (named after the astronomer Edmund Halley, and pronounced to rhyme with the word "rally") is in reality often mistakenly referred to in this way (due, presumably, to confusion caused by the rock and roll band Bill Haley and the Comets), it is inconceivable that scientists and astronauts would make the mistake, as they do throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Colin Caine: But I understand your real interest is...
Dr. Hans Fallada: Death, Colonel Caine, correct. Thanatology's the name for it. Death for you, Colonel, is a bureaucratic problem. Who did it. When, why did they do it. A problem to be solved, am I correct?
Colonel Colin Caine: And for you?
Dr. Hans Fallada: Well, I'm fascinated by death itself. What happens as we die, when we die. What happens after we die.
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Soundtracks

The Lifeforce Theme
Written by Michael Kamen and Henry Mancini
Performed by Henry Mancini
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Boobs, Vampires, Zombies, Commandos, and CPTN PICARD
9 September 2009 | by nathan-yeoSee all my reviews

This is the classic Zombie film it has, the one true element of it. That's to have you sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for them to find out how to kill it. So the movie starts off with them finding this perfect c-cup thick-tailed female vampire in a suspended state (she remains naked for throughout the movie. Then the mystery begins the ships is destroyed. The bodies are brought to earth and slowly you see the zombie uprising start as one turns two who then turn four then sixteen are turned to Zombies by the Vampire. Commandos our brought in to hunt her down. Thats a ruse just to get the heroes out of the city. When they return the city quarantined rage zombies are everywhere. And the two have to fight there way through the road-block nd then fight their way through the Zombie hordes to save the planet. It was awesome Slow-paced but awesome just the same.


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