Lifeforce (1985) Movie Review

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Lifeforce (1985)

1985 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Romance
116 minutes / 1h 56min

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Lifeforce Plot Synopsis:

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.

Lifeforce (1985) Review

In Lifeforce (1985), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)Poltergeist (1982), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)) brought us his take on alien space vampires sucking the life force from humans on Earth. Lifeforce had a whopping estimated $25 million budget and is widely known as a filming mess.

Lifeforce introduces us to a great discovery as a few astronauts encounter the last remnants of an alien race. They appear human, but their surroundings seem like a bat cave, strange. A captivating beauty referred to as Space Girl, played by Mathilda May, is the main being. For some reason, the astronauts take the aliens back to their spacecraft. After some events, Dr. Tom Carlsen (Steve Railsback) manages to escape in a life pod, leaving his dead team behind. A rescue space ship intercepts the previous ship and takes it and the space vampires back to Earth. The space vampires drain the life force from everyone they come in contact with making those victims, in turn, become space vampires too.

Lifeforce has a lot going on, and that may be why it was so difficult to create a coherent story, character development, and right tone. This film has a lot of issues, but it tries hard to win you over with the scope, graphics, and plot. The performances from some were good while other actors fell horribly short. I appreciate the beast that Tobe Hooper was trying to tackle and bring to life, and after a rewatch, I appreciate the film a little more, but this is one movie that most viewers will not watch for anything other than the space vampires sucking the life force out of people. I cannot help but like the mythos and difference that this film delivers, to say the least.

  • Lifeforce Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.26
  • IMDB: 6.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.7

About Lifeforce 1985

Title: Lifeforce
Year: 1985
Runtime: 116 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Romance
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.13/5 stars from 18,875 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 18,875
MPAA Rating: R
Lifeforce Cast Starring: Patrick Stewart, John Larroquette, Kerry Shale, James Payne, Chris Webb, Derek Lyons, Burnell Tucker, John Hallam, Steve Railsback, Emma Jacobs, Guy Standeven, Chris Sullivan, Tip Tipping, Peter Roy, Frank Finlay, Barrie Holland, David Beckett, Julian Firth, Del Baker, Jerome Willis, Geoffrey Frederick, Frank Jakeman, John Forbes-Robertson, Derek Benfield, John Golightly, David English, Hauke Martin, John Woodnutt, Michael John Paliotti, Peter Porteous
Lifeforce Writers: Colin Wilson, Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby
Lifeforce Director: Tobe Hooper
Production: TriStar Pictures
Language: English
Country: UK, USA