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United Kingdom · 1985
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director Tobe Hooper
Starring Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller

A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition works with the British authorities in an attempt to capture the mysterious alien woman who seems to be responsible for the chaos.

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TV Guide Magazine by

The film is a mess from start to finish with several main characters who appear and disappear throughout. No character development, no thematic development, no narrative development. No life. No force. No dice.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Watching Lifeforce now is to be reminded that even big-budget films were once allowed to be adventurous and idiosyncratic, even in the 1980s, and that American horror movies were once capable of being fun, sexy, and subversively empathetic.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Director Tobe Hooper seriously overplays his hand, losing the shape of this 1985 film in a barrage of overblown special effects and screaming Dolby stereo.


Chicago Tribune by Gene Siskel

In film circles there's a name for pictures like Lifeforce. Film Comment magazine has dubbed them guilty pleasures, movies you're embarrassed to admit you like. Maybe somebody spiked my popcorn, but I can't deny that I liked Lifeforce.


The New York Times by Janet Maslin

Lifeforce shows off Mr. Hooper's way with a whirling mass of protoplasm, just as Poltergeist did. But its style is shrill and fragmented enough to turn Lifeforce into hysterical vampire porn.


Washington Post by Paul Attanasio

The screenplay, by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby, is just one long passage of exposition: someone blows up or dries up or whatever, you wonder why that's happening, and then someone explains it. This they call suspense. [25 June 1985, p.C8]


Time Out by Tom Huddleston

Lifeforce is a near-impossible film to review, at once indescribably awful and hugely, brilliantly entertaining.

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