Film, Science fiction
3 out of 5 stars
Photograph: The Cannon Group

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.

By: Tom Huddleston


Release details

101 mins

Cast and crew

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