The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Original SciFi • Member Bonus • Lifeforce D: Tobe Hooper (1985)

Lifeforce • Member Bonus

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For our April 2022 member bonus episode, we dip back into our original scifi series with Tobe Hooper’s epic space vampire flop “Lifeforce.” Why did it bomb so hard? What works in the film? Why is there so much naked Mathilda May? And how much do we kinda love this crazy movie? Tune in for more!

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“She’s conquered worlds.”

After the success of Poltergeist – regardless of the controversy of who directed it – Tobe Hooper was in a position to get a blank check for a big movie. As it turns out, he was hired by Golan/Globus, the team behind Cannon Films, to direct three films, the first of which was a massive science fiction horror film based on Colin Wilson’s novel “The Space Vampires.” That title was, according to Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, too much in line with the schlock they usually put out and they wanted this film to feel more prestigious. Hence, the title became Lifeforce. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the film never caught on, title change or not. Join us as we dip back into our original scifi series to look at Hooper’s 1985 film Lifeforce.

There’s a lot going on in Lifeforce.

The scope of the film is immediately apparent. This film moves at a breakneck pace from discovery of the alien craft to —Hold on there! This is only available for members. Why not become a member so you can listen to it now? We’d love it if you became a member to support our show, but you’d love it because of everything you get. We have monthly member bonus episodes like this that only members can access. You also get monthly Flickchart re-ranking episodes, access to members-only Discord channels, and early releases for every episode. We have a special episode we release at the end of each series called Retake during which we break down our overall thoughts of the entire season. Plus, you get to vote on the movies we discuss in our members only episodes! What can we say? It pays to be a member. Learn more about supporting The Next Reel film podcast through your own membership — visit TruStory FM. Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel’s Discord channel!

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