Friday, June 24, 2011
365 Movies Day #87 "Lifeforce"
Tobe Hooper's (legendary director of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre")follow-up to "Poltergeist" is one of the few vampire movies ever done right. Most are destroyed by crappy story, insufficient endings or loopy cures for the "disease". Having Dan O'Bannon (the man who gave us the scripts for "Alien" and "Total Recall" and wrote/directed "Return of the Living Dead") behind the writer's desk probably helped in this case. In "Lifeforce", the vampire entity is discovered in space and she's hot. Starring Mathilda May, regarded as one of the sexiest women in cinema, as the succubus vampire, the film also features Steve Railsback ("Ed Gein", "Helter Skelter", "The X-Files"), Peter Firth and an appearance by Patrick Stewart.
Interesting to note that there is a scene with Stewart slumped in a wheelchair which is somewhat premeniscient of his role as Charles Xavier...and he also kind of kisses a dude which may be exciting for a select group of Trekkies.
All in all, the film is very well done and certainly kicks the crap out of most other vampire films. One of my goals is to eventually do an awesome vampire movie. I can't understand why so many seem to mess it up.
LIFEFORCE ON IMDB