Director: Tobe Hooper
Cast: Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Mathilda May
Spoilers Within: No
Originally posted 1st April 2016 on Letterboxd.
One of the joys of discovering Tobe Hooper’s highly enthusiasticLifeforce (a reminder from watching Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films that I should catch up with it, amongst others) was just how totally unsubtle its approach to blending multiple styles of B-movie entertainment was: there are elements of operatic science-fiction; body-snatching horror; sexploitation; and vampire/zombie outbreaks that happen at an unrelenting and ofttimes absurd speed.
There exists a substantial amount of reviews that express negativity toward the special effects, and whilst the celestial backgrounds were paired with ropey, floating character foregrounds, the practical effects on the shriveled humanoids was more charming than not, adding to the overall quality of the Cannon-canon.
Lifeforce is full of dumb holes, odd motifs, meandering themes, overcooked acting and a lot of yelling, but its ambitious weirdness is something to admire when it comes to the abundance of modern by-the-numbers sci-fi/horror hybrids.