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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Space vampires! Zombie slaves! Excessive nudity! Brent Cross Shopping Centre! Yes, this loopy sci-fi-horror hybrid from ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ director Tobe Hooper has all this, and so much more. The plot is idiotic – something to do with a 150-mile-long spaceship tucked away behind Halley’s Comet – but the film is completely unmissable for a handful of brain-scrambling moments: Patrick Stewart ferociously snogs a dude, Mathilda May strolls down the Strand in the buff, and the climax involves the hero stabbing himself through the heart with a sword while having sex on the altar of a cathedral. ‘Lifeforce’ is a near-impossible film to review, at once indescribably awful and hugely, brilliantly entertaining.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Duration:101 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Tobe Hooper
  • Screenwriter:Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby
  • Cast:
    • Steve Railsback
    • Peter Firth
    • Frank Finlay
    • Michael Gothard
    • Mathilda May
    • Patrick Stewart
    • Nicholas Ball
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