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Lifeforce (1985) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 32

Space vampires who invade London! Sounds like something I’d enjoy, right? Sadly, I didn’t like this film as much as I thought I would. Starring Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Mathilda May, and Patrick Stewart and directed by Tobe Hooper, this film is about a space crew who are investigating Halley’s Comet but instead discover human-like life forces on the comet. They bring them back to their shuttle, only to end up regretting their decision.

My biggest problem with Lifeforce was the pacing. Sometimes the film moved so slowly my attention waned, then it would suddenly pick up speed so quickly I suffered cinematic whiplash. I wish the film had been more consistent with its pacing, which would have made the story more compelling to me.

The acting is fine, if a little hammy, and the effects were good for the time. This isn’t a gorgeous film by any means, though. It’s grim, dark, and gloomy, and sometimes this palette didn’t mesh well with the campy action scenes.

I did have some fun with this movie, though. When the space vampires do attack, it’s a fun, campy treat. Plus, Patrick Stewart stole every scene he was in. I just didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would.

Verdict: 3/5

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