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!