When I think of ‘bad but good’ 80’s horror movies, Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce will almost certainly always get mentioned. Space vampires? Oh, ok. Who doesn’t love space vampires? And boobs. Can’t forget about the boobs. I unfortunately didn’t see said boobs (my apologies to actress Mathilda May), because my Mom would always make me cover my eyes when any melons would grace the TV screen. Nonetheless, Lifeforce is a guilty pleasure – and some might even say an underrated gem? This scene below used to scare the shit out of me as a kid, so please watch it. And dig those practical effects, man!
When you look at the first half of Tobe Hooper’s career as a director, it’s pretty damn impressive. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist will always get top billing, but it’s those surprise smaller films like The Funhouse and Eaten Alive that gave his horror resume a boost. And yes, Lifeforce is part of that boost as well. Btw, did you know that Billy Idol was supposed to play the head vampire in the movie?? But alas, it was not meant to be as Billy’s touring schedule conflicted with the film’s production. Nevertheless….even without Mr. Idol’s spikey blonde hair, Lifeforce still remains a goofy/fun ride. Seek it out (Scream Factory did a nice release of it somewhat recently), and enjoy the space vampires, the boobs, and the boobs. Boobs!
I was just saying to myself the other day that magnifying glasses are a very underrated item in the world today. How else are we supposed to read fine print?!?! I guess a pair of glasses or some contacts would work, but what if it’s really super small and what if I want something that is also affiliated with a cult horror movie? Oh if only there was a magnifying glass available on eBay from a 1985 horror/sci-fi movie directed by Tobe Hooper………….
Oh my lucky horror stars! Is that? Could it be? It is! Putting the magnifying glass game to shame is an actual promotional magnifying glass from the 1985 movie Lifeforce. It looks as though it was given to video stores in promotion for the VHS release. Aside from the boobs that were in the movie, there were actually some cool vampires too and Lifeforce is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. But mostly for the boobs. If you’re feeling especially nostalgic and want to own this rare magnifying glass so you can read your funnies on Sunday morning, then head over to the eBay listing HERE. Yikes – $55? Really, random eBay seller? Well, maybe the price will lower. Until it does, enjoy some of the free complimentary Lifeforce boobs below.