Lifeforce (1985)

From horror master, Tobe Hooper, comes an adaptation of the novel The Space Vampires. The story began with a space mission finding an alien space ship hidden near Hailey’s Comet. The space ship had three humanoid life forms suspended in a sleep state, which the crew brings back to earth. Everyone aboard the space shuttle returns dead, and the humanoid aliens wake to suck the life out of everyone they meet.

Pretty much the only notable actor is Patrick Stewart in a small role. The rest of the cast is just OK, which is pretty sad. The female alien vampire is naked for most of her scenes, but that doesn’t really make up for the rest of the film’s shortcomings.

This is one of those movies that looks great on the surface: directed by Tobe Hooper, co-written by Dan O’Bannon (Alien, The Return of the Living Dead, Total Recall), and about space life-sucking vampires. Then you watch it and realize it’s one of the worst pieces of shit, because it should have been so much better.

It feels much longer than the close to 2 hour run time. It’s never scary or suspenseful. There are plenty of things happening, but the plot is all over the place, and none of the characters really matter. I did like some of the special FX involving the emaciated corpses of the life-sucked victims, which is kind of how I felt after watching this movie.


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