W: Dan O'Bannon & Don Jakoby [based on the novel "Space
Vampires" by Colin Wilson]
DP: Alan Hume
Ed: John Grover
Mus: Henry Mancini
PD: John Graysmark
Steve Railsback (Col. Tom Carlsen), Peter Firth (Col. Colin
Caine), Frank Finlay (Dr. Hans Fallada), Patrick Stewart (Dr. Armstrong), Mathilda May (Space Girl)
Cannon Films were best known throughout the 1980's for their
conveyor belt of cheap-looking, low budget blockbusters. However, 1985's Lifeforce, went against the grain, almost breaking the bank for the studio. It's unfortunate that the film proved to be a
massive flop as it isn't actually that bad, and the visual effects, even by today's standards are incredibly impressive.
An Anglo-American mission to investigate Halley's Comet
uncovers a group of naked beings sleeping inside the floating rock, one of which, the form of a beautiful woman. Upon their return to Earth she awakens on a thirst for the lifeforce of the
living, going on a killing spree for sustenance.
Based on Colin Wilson's novel "Space Vampires" the
sci-fi/horror flick went on to have cult success and remains one of the studio's better piece of output, despite not having the box office receipts to prove it.