Monday, May 28, 2012

Interesting bad movie new to me: Lifeforce

Space succubus/vampire in bad British sci-fi in ’85 including ‘Dr Who’-ey special effects and a pre-fame Patrick Stewart. Whether they were serious or not, and it looks like a serious failed blockbuster, I think that, as Cracked explained Spider-Man, it’s really an overblown story about puberty: fear and awe of women and of sex. (Vampire stories are said to be disguised erotica.) The dimestore psychology that was supposed to make it serious? Very beta (which sci-fi fans often are?) as Roissy would say. It’s European (nudity) so the soft porn is amped up. Looked up the lovely lead: she’s French, Mathilda May. Catholic alert: it also has a special-effects Brompton Oratory, in real life one of the best places on earth.

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