Lifeforce

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Released 1985

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Director:
Tobe Hooper
Released:
1985
Rating:
R
Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction film starring Steve Railsback and Mathilda May in a story about humanity's discovery of alien life and the deadly consequences Earth suffers from meddling with the unknown. Colonel Tom Carlsen (Railsback) is an astronaut on board the Churchill, a spaceship sent to investigate Halley's Comet. Inside the famous comet they discover a giant alien spaceship full of dead creatures and three humanoids in suspended animation. The humanoids are brought to Earth for scientific experimentation. The scientists hope to use the strange beings to make exciting discoveries about extra-terrestrial life, but they soon discover it's the humans who are at the mercy of the aliens. The powerful beings are capable of draining the lifeforce from people, turning innocent humans into deadly, mindless zombies. As they begin rapidly conquering the unprepared and confused humans, it's up to a crack team of scientists and astronauts to get rid of the aliens and save humanity. Lifeforce is a science fiction cult classic, directed by Tobe Hooper and featuring music by Henry Mancini.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Tribune 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 spik...

  • 75

    Slant Magazine 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 o...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Although we see many strange things happen (and some of them are seen through wondrous-looking special effects), we never have a clue as to what's really going on, and why. [24 Jun...

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Monsters & Mutants, Creatures, Aliens