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Lifeforce

Year: 1985
Production Co: Golan-Globus Productions
Director: Tobe Hooper
Writer: Colin Wilson/Dan O'Bannon
Cast: Colin Firth, Patrick Stewart, Steve Railsback, Mathilda May
Mathilda, Mathilda, Mathilda. You were young, you were beautiful. You incapacitated your victims by kissing and seducing them. You walked around naked throughout the movie. You disappeared from the story after the second act for some reason and I was heartbroken. It just didn't seem the same after that.

Yes, the winsome and seldom-seen-again Ms May was the best thing about this horror/sci-fi flick set in Britain, the brainchild of an orthodox Jewish Israeli producing partnership (!). Not that it was a bad movie - the delicious, then-20 year old Frenchwoman would have been the best thing about Apocalypse Now if she'd been in that too.

Tobe Hooper's underappreciated effort is part vampire movie, part zombie movie, part sci-fi. When a combined American/British space shuttle crew make a rendezvous with Halley's Comet (due to arrive the year following the film's release), they find a strange craft travelling along with comet, floating in its halo.

They board the apparently derelict ship where they're set upon by three space vampires (May and two forgettable young men), creatures who attack and kill their victims, only for the dead to rise and attack the living in turn.

When the shuttle returns to Earth, the virus/zombification/vampirism gets loose and London turns into a bloodbath with the hero cops desperately trying to get to the bottom of the situation before everything turns all 28 Days Later.

Good fun and a cool idea. There's a lot of criticism about the effects and budget around, but some people expect too much.

Meanwhile, I'll just return to thinking about Mathilda... Mathilda... Mathilda...

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