NAKED FEMALE VAMPIRE ALERT: “LIFEFORCE” SCREENS IN TORONTO THIS FRIDAY
The DLB hasn’t been to a Film School Confidential in awhile, but tomorrow night’s screening of Lifeforce (1985) at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema might just force me out of my rabbit hole.
The 1985 sci-fi/horror epic is an insane mash-up of space ships, naked vampires, sex and massive destruction that has to be seen to be believed. Tobe Hooper of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame directs The Stunt Man‘s Steve Railsback in a manic adaptation of the Colin Wilson novel The Space Vampires (pictured below) which was partly scripted by Dan O’Bannon (Return of the Living Dead, Alien). How’s that for a genre treat?
Despite its 5.8/10 rating on the IMDb, Lifeforce is actually a pretty smart movie with some amazing action set pieces, surprising cameos (Patrick Stewart!) and beautiful actress Mathilda May walking around as a naked alien vampire/parasite thing. The sheer insanity on display is incredible, but it’s all pulled off with panache and an irresistible energy.
Here’s a taste:
Be sure to show up early enough to hear your “professor,” Fangoria editor Chris Alexander, give a brief lecture about the film before showing “the rare US 35mm print of LIFEFORCE, with a shorter running time, more zombies and terrifying Michael Kamen synth music blending with the symphonic Henry Mancini score.” Sold!