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Lifeforce

For about the first 10 minutes, this $22.5 million pic indicates it could be a scary sci-fier as Yank and British space travelers discover seemingly human remains in the vicinity of Halley's Comet and attempt to bring home three perfectly preserved specimens.

With:
Steve Railsback Peter Firth Frank Finlay Mathilda May Patrick Stewart Michael Gothard

For about the first 10 minutes, this $22.5 million pic indicates it could be a scary sci-fier as Yank and British space travelers discover seemingly human remains in the vicinity of Halley’s Comet and attempt to bring home three perfectly preserved specimens.

The astronauts don’t make it back but the humanoids do, and one of them, Space Girl (Mathilda May), is possessed of such a spectacularly statuesque physique that she could probably have conquered all of mankind even without her special talents, which include a form of electroshock vampirism and the ability to inhabit other bodies.

Pic [from the novel The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson] descends into subpar Agatha Christie territory, as fanatical inspector Peter Firth and surviving astronaut Steve Railsback scour the countryside for the deadly Space Girl and make a pit stop at an insane asylum to provide for further hysteria.

Even though she turns millions of Londoners into fruitcakes and threatens the entire world, Railsback just can’t get the naked Space Girl out of his mind.

In the meantime, Firth makes his way through scores of zombies in a burning London in hopes of nailing Space Girl.

Lifeforce

Production: Cannon. Director Tobe Hooper; Producer Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus; Screenplay Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby; Camera Alan Hume; Editor John Grover; Music Henry Mancini, Michael Kamen, James Guthrie; Art Director John Graysmark

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Steve Railsback Peter Firth Frank Finlay Mathilda May Patrick Stewart Michael Gothard

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