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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.

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Tobe Hooper

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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 ... Roger Derebridge
Aubrey Morris ... Sir Percy Heseltine
Nancy Paul Nancy Paul ... Ellen Donaldson
John Hallam ... Lamson
John Keegan John Keegan ... Guard
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 Halley's Comet under the command of Colonel 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 Colonel 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 Colonel Colin Caine trying to save mankind from the evil vampires from space. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$11,603,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Trivia

The DVD sleeve notes state that the movie was "from the director of Poltergeist (1982) and the co-writer of Alien (1979)". See more »

Goofs

When the troopers are battling the male aliens as they back toward the steps, gunfire can be heard even though they're clearly not firing but just waving the guns around. See more »

Quotes

Derebridge: [Derebridge and Carlsen are observing the spaceship] What you gonna do?
Colonel Tom Carlsen: We want in. We only gonna get one chance, Derebridge. That thing won't be back for another 76 years. We'll both be dead. We have to take a look now.
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Alternate Versions

Scenes cut from 101 min but in 116 min version.
  • Voiceover describing the Churchill's mission and the Nerva device.
  • Derebridge has a conversation with the Radar Technicians about the object in the comet and it being 150 miles long.
  • The opening line of Carlsen about what is 150 miles long Astronauts going into the comet has remarks from Derebridge about the state of the craft.
  • The Spacecraft opening up has bits and pieces removed.
  • Dr. Bukovsky being told by a RAF officer about the state of Churchill's orbit and it had not changed since leaving the comet.
  • Bukovsky and a NASA official agreeing that the Columbia should be sent into space to investigate.
  • Scenes with the Columbia rescue party trimmed in particular talk about fate of the crew and obtaining the video tapes.
  • A whole scene is removed which introduces Fallanda and The Pathologist which sets up Fallanda's character.
  • A Cabinet Minister discussing the crystal cases with Fallanda, Bukovsky the pathologist and a Metallurgist.
  • The Minister is inquiring whether X Rays have been done and their results -- blurred images. The metallurgist is very puzzled by the cases. Plus comments about are the bodies being alive.
  • After being shown the Guard's body, Colonel Caine is interrogating Bukovsky and Fallanda about the Space Girl (Matilda May). Being told about the Churchill's escape Pod being missing, the fire and the cases. After this Fallanda's conversation with Caine about is there life after death is trimmed.
  • The Hyde Park scene is trimmed; the Police Inspector (Nicholas Donnelly) has three lines in 116 version but in the 101 min version he has one line.
  • Bukovsky on the phone about Carlsen being in a Walter Reed Army Hospital, he demands Carlsen is brought to London.
  • Carlsen's debriefing in 116 version also includes Bukovsky introducing Colonel Caine of the SAS remarking about we all thought You were dead plus the comments about a pretty nurse, the Churchill flashback is trimmed.
  • Just before Carlsen's nightmare a scene where Bukovsky informs Caine that NASA have tracked a strange object leaving the comet which is heading for Earth in two days time also there is to be a meeting at Downing Street (The Prime Minister and his Cabinet meet at the PM's home for non UK readers).
  • After the hypnotizing of Carlsen's comments made by Bukosvsky about the vampires of legend taking their Earth with them ( The majority of comments about vampires in 116 version are missing from 101 version explains why the title was changed from Space Vampires to Lifeforce).
  • The scene with Ellen(Nancy Paul) is cut slightly.
  • The attack on Dr.Armstrong(Patrick Stewart) is shortened.
  • The Kiss between Armstrong and Carlsen is removed.
  • After the deaths of Sir Percy(Aubrey Morris) and Armstrong, the Churchill flashback the love scene between Carlsen and the Space Girl is cut to the bone. Likewise the scene with the Infected PM (Peter Porteous) and his Secretary, Miss Haversham(Katherine Schofield) has had huge chunks cut out e.g. the PM being told of The Home Secretary's demise. Plus there are lines reactions closeups omitted here where and everywhere. The 101 Min version had some more zombie mayhem.
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Referenced in Cannon Fodder: The Making of Lifeforce (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lifeforce Theme
Written by Michael Kamen and Henry Mancini
Performed by Henry Mancini
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The parts are greater than the sum...
24 December 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...because the screenplay, taken in total, is incomprehensible. This is supposed to be an adaptation of Collin Wilson's novel "The Space Vampires". A crew on a mission to track Haley's comet encounters a huge abandoned spaceship. The ship contains the remains of huge bat like creatures and three nude beautiful humanoids. But then mission control loses contact with "The Churchill". The rescue mission finds The Churchill damaged, but the bodies of the nude humanoids remain intact and are returned to earth - bad idea. Meanwhile an escape pod with surviving astronaut Col. Tom Carlsen is found in Texas. He is flown to London (why?), where he tells first one tale of what happened on the ship, then another, then still another. The bottom line is that the three naked humanoids from space are the original vampires, they threaten earth with all of their "soul sucking", and Carlsen has a psychic link to the beautiful female with whom he seems to be in love.

The story is hard to piece together because it shape-shifts more than the vampires themselves. The first half is investigative in nature - why are these vampires here?, what do they want? , where have they gone?, how can they be defeated?. That morphs into the space vampires running rampant in London, harvesting human souls and turning their victims into zombies - why?. Other than producing great special effects, that is never clear.

It seemed like a wasted opportunity overall, but scene by scene it is beautiful to look at, and like the female space vampire herself, creepy yet attractive. As the end credits rolled I wondered what happened here. You have well known director Tobe Hooper and a good supporting cast including Patrick Stewart and Peter Firth. But then I saw that it was produced by the Cannon Group at a time when they had received an infusion of cash by Michael Milken. This caused them to go on a spending spree for special effects and big names and neglect screenplay, ultimately imploding about five years after this film was made.

I'd say that it would be easy for this to become a guilty pleasure of mine and I would recommend it just on the weirdness factor alone.


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