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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Oh, Mathilda May. You introduced a generation of young boys to some very strange feelings and God bless you for it.

Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce is a pretty spectacular piece of weird sci-fi horror and is my favorite non-Texas Chainsaw Massacre or “half of Poltergeist” things that Tobe Hooper has ever done. It’s the one movie I hold on to when discussing Hooper as a filmmaker, the one that gives me hope that his input on Poltergeist was more than just a coked up figurehead.

There’s a lot of visual flair in Lifeforce that feels Poltergeist-ish, but it’s like if you take some of the photographic elegance of Poltergeist and mix it with the craziness of Chainsaw 2 or Eaten Alive.

It’s a great little ‘80s sci-fi gem. Seek it out if you haven’t seen it.

In the below pic you'll see one of the more memorable moments of the movie... not involving gratuitous Mathilda May nudity, of course. I love puppet work!

Thanks to reader Sean C. for sending this one in, which, I believe originated in an old Fango article. You can click on the pic for a bigger version!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is from another world.

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  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by stryfe1986


  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST


    by stryfe1986

    Finally after 2 years! :P

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Miss. May?

    by BenBraddock

    Saw this at the cinema, twice. Once for each boob.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    that the one with steve railsback?

    by seabiscuits

    he was at the '99 buttnumbathon

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Don't forget 'Salem's Lot (1979)!

    by Sith Witch

    That's Hooper's best in my book. Pure genius!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Saw this for the first time last year

    by Mike

    and was absolutely kicking myself in the head for not watching it sooner! What an awesome, awesome, awesome 80's film! I think this is actually my favorite Tobe Hooper film. Starts off as low budget cheesey fun, but just gets so awesomely crazy and epic by the end that I love it!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Steve Railsback - good guy, but very miscast here

    by SmokingRobot

    And the music by...wait for it...Henry Mancini? WTF were they thinking? Yes, this movie was something of a mess. But Matilda

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Gotta love the gratuitous nudity!

    by slicer

    It's plentiful throughout the entire movie, and Mathilda May is one hot chick! Saw this movie at the drive-in when I was 13. I don't remember much about it, I do remember thinking it was cool though! But, I do certainly remember the hot chick walking around everywhere naked through the whole thing. I think I gotta put this one on my Netflix Queue, visit my childhood once again! lol!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:28 a.m. CST

    I saw this on cable years ago

    by disfigurehead

    Good flick.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Now It's a Good Movie!

    by The Bear

    This is one of those flicks that gets better the more I age. I saw it when it first came out, and hated it. Thought it was dopey, even though it had some wonderful unnecessary nudity. But then I saw it again a few years ago, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Even with the wonderful unnecessary nudity. Age really does equal wisdom!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    On the flipside...

    by MrMajestic

    Like a lot of guys my age, Lifeforce was a personal fave. Plenty of nudity, gore, loads of practical effects plus add the fact that the story takes place in the UK so you get British accents to smack a veneer of classiness to the proceedings and bang you get a genre classic. However on the flipside you do get to see Patrick Stewart make out with a dude...

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    "Lifeforce" needs to be on Blu Ray NOW!

    by Kirbymanly

    I love this movie so much. Damn you, MGM, for going bankrupt! You are denying all of us the glory of Mathilda May in HD!!!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Guys I've never seen Lifeforce

    by _Venkman

    And I don't know what this picture is. Am I a bad person?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by Kirbymanly

    Just go to youtube or google and type it in. You will see why this movie is loved so much. It's fucking awesome.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Sheer brilliance.

    by Isaac R.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Michael Kahn

    by kwisatzhaderach

    pretty much admitted in an interview last week that Spielberg filmed Poltergeist. As if it wasn't glaringly obvious.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Cheers Quint. Lifeforce is one of my fave films ever.

    by Ecto-1

    I also really like Hoopers remake of Invaders From Mars. Stan Winston's FX on that are incredible. Lifeforce is one of those that I used to rent on VHS a lot and I now have the extended cut on dvd. It amazing to have such a big sci-fi horror film set in england. I don't think we've seen the like since, unless you include the new Doctor Who stuff. When the vampire plague is fully unleashed and London becomes a total warzone, the FX and action are fantastic.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Best Hooper's still...

    by MrMajestic

    Salem's Lot. Wonderful and scary with practically no gore. No, TCM wasn't a fluke. The guy has talent.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    dude, you take too many breaks...

    by frank cotton

    and we're back, on the LOST HIGHWAY, your host, frank cotton, from the void before time and space, on 6.6.6 IM, KALI radio. just heard, LIKE A STONE, and, LAST REMAINING LIGHT, AUDIOSLAVE, off same, again, and NO MONEY, KINGS OF LEON, COME AROUND SUNDOWN. WORD ftd is, BREVITY. THOUGHT for, is, 'the more truly learned he became, the more he doubted all he knew', by VOLTAIRE. 2 quick RECOMMENDs; 1) THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR, by MARTHA STOUT, PH D. fast, eye-opening read (she says 1 in 25 are), and ROCHE, makers of KLONOPIN (CLONAZEPAM), the new MOOD STABILIZATION medication frank is, legally, on. now in his manic phase, he needs to stay out of the deep end, and jail. less fun, sadly, but, whatcha gonna do? a little more coherence couldn't hurt. upcoming tunes, GLYCERINE, BUSH, SIXTEEN STONE, AIN'T NO REST FOR THE WICKED, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, same, again, again. hmm. THE GARDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, USE YOUR ILLUSION I. tonight's RAVE, mentioned earlier, is, all about me. sorry, can't be helped. will try to be brief, so we can get back to the important stuff, post haste. this, is not so much important, as, neccesary, or so, the home office says. guys don't care, i know, so, go tinker, veg on ESPN, make fun of others, just go, already. this, is for the ladies, some of whom, might, be curious to know a little more, about me. if not, to each, and all that. so, girls, just what, have you been missing out on? he's not pretty, covered that. 6' 2", 185 lbs, excellent shape for 50, way better than average for 20. partial plate, reading glasses, no diseases, everything works well. shaved bald, hair would be mostly white/receded in front. no facial hair. acne scars (not as bad as some, worse than others), walks a bit funny, talks to himself, a tad too much. smokes half-a-pack-a-day, doesn't drink, no drugs now (a little weed, after parole, maybe, and, maybe, some shrooms, in season), but did more than his share, in his 20s and 30s. tried most everything, once. he thinks either, too much, or, too little, and, in general, tends toward the extremes, in many things but, mostly, manages to stay balanced, the vast majority, of the time. mostly. at least, he tries. likes to spend money; quite responsible with it, when, he has it. had excellent credit, until 45, fair credit, now, even tho he defaulted on $35k in debt, and, had his car repo'd, 5 years ago. should be good again in, about 2 to 3 years. 30 years, of very fast, controlled, driving, without a moving violation, until 2005. speeding. 25 years, without an accident, not going into that, now. writes, draws, into 3D graphics, photography. at least, half his output is, pretty damn good, if not, outright exceptional, and some, is. what, can i say? and, we're talking about plain-old frank, here, not, the new-and-improved. he can, sing, too...can, wail like CHRIS CORNELL, when he's into it. doesn't play any instruments, tho he will, learn guitar, someday. his voice, is awesome; deep, resonant, and mesmerizing. not THE VOICE, as in DUNE, but, hypnotic and reassuring, and could, possibly, convince you, to believe, or do, pretty much anything, were he so inclined. no foreign languages, outside of, a smattering of Japanese. a bit of a neat freak, but, i hate dusting, and washing dishes. make myself wash them anyways, just for the self-discipline. well. i suppose that's, enough for today's installment. looks as if this'll be a three-parter. one down, two, to go. SMOKE BREAK.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    frank cotton

    by sam jacksons wig

    Didn't read any of that.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Man, I wore out my VHS copy of Lifeforce back in the good ole days.

    by Flip63Hole

    Mathilda May was dreamy. Sad her assets weren't utilized more often.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    I dread to think of the collective amount of seed spilt...

    by Gabba-UK

    During the 80's as a result of the combination of Miss. May and VHS. Coupled with the fact that Lifeforce is an absolutely bonkers film that you'd have to be dead not to enjoy. Blu ray please.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Frank Cotton.

    by Gabba-UK

    Through a happy set of coincidences I've not until now come across your previous posts in the past and have as a courtesy to you, read this one. I must now in the interests of full disclosure and frank exchanges within these hallowed TalkBacks regret to inform you, that you are in fact a pretentious idiot.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry telemarketer I tried, I really tried...

    by Gabba-UK

    I rolled Franks use of language around my cranium, searching for meaning within his missive. After the pico-second it took me to do that I came my previously mentioned but inescapable conclusion.

  • And as much as I liked watching Gary Cole in that, he's much better being a Dodgeball commentator and Vice-President. But he still make a better talk radio host than dear old Frank.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Saw this in theaters in double feature w/ original NOES

    by KarlKolchak

    Had a blast. I loved the London apocalypse stuff. Space vampires were the shit.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Off Thor Posters

    by Righteous Brother

    I'm not sure why AICN hasn't reported this, considering they think Justin Bieber is newsworthy but.....has anyone seen the new Thor movie posters that are floating around better movie sites than this one. They're absolutely hideous.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    We want Mathilda May boobs on Blu-ray

    by Gorgomel

    Come on, this film deserves a high-def release. It's only available on a crappy dvd. Checked out some recent pics of miss May and she's still incredibly hot today.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Frank...I for one, dig your posts...

    by scrote

    as for Lifeforce; remember seeing this at the theatre and having one hell of a row with my girlfriend afterwards. She didn't appreciate the boner I had during the movie...ah, sweet memories. Weird movie though...

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I never knew Kate Bosworth did a nude scene!

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview


  • Feb. 24, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Hilariously bonkers film

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Saw the whole film for the first time last year, having only caught bits of it in the past. Definitely worth watching although its far from a masterpiece.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Someone said

    by klytusnotdead

    KRULL, yes we need a behind the scene pic asap, Lifeforce's zombie scence was scary as hell, thnx for photo. Oh and that rant by Frank WTF.end of line.

  • The last 15-20 minutes rivals any zombie movie for pure epic zombie action and chaos, but the whole movie kicks ass, it's a crazy mix of Alien, Vampires, and Cap. Picard gets to kiss Steve Railsback. Love that movie.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by Jimli

    Love it! I just met my real love on a a millionaire dating site RichLuv– and we had our first drink about 4 hours after the initial contact. We have just enough in common to get along but just enough differences to make it awesome fun! Ohhh and He is awesomely Rich!!!so i want to share u this nice place!!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    oh that reminds me, Happy Birthday Steve Jobs.

    by bc1970


  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Lifeforce is a delightful gem

    by Phimseto

    If Scorekeeper were here, he might back me up on my also saying it is an example of how important a musical score is to a film. The original (and DVD) version of the film features the entirety of Henry Mancini's merry romp of a score. The version I've seen on tv features the American theatrical release version with bits of Michael Kamen thrown in. I don't dislike Kamen, but the "horror vibe" they wanted him to do completely misses the mark. It's worth it to check out both versions of the film to see for yourselves.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember Hooper's Invaders From Mars remake?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    With the reliably goofy Karen Black and her son? Would make a great double bill with this.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Matilda May's titties...

    by vettebro

    about as close to perfect as you can get. The movie is worth seeing just for her alone.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Never saw it..

    by ComSamVimes

    ....but I just ordered it on Amazon. I eagerly await it's arrival. One of the cool parts of this column...introduces movies to a "know-nothing" like me. All you talkbackers get excited over it, and I add another one to the collection. ")

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Salem's Lot

    by spire_walk

    By far the best/scariest vampires I've seen in film. If there is a movie that does it better, I would love to add it to my DVD/Blu collection. Ralphie Glick floating in the window scratching at the glass, grinning. Dannie Glick in his funeral suit, also at a window, very corpse-like appearance. Glick Mom: Probably my favorite. She looks like a fucking corpse. Excellent makeup job where she wakes up in the hospital... her face just looks slack, her mouth in this downturned grimace. Fucking awesome. Barlow: Pretty creepy, but not as scary as he was to me when I was a kid.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    I've seen Lifeforce many times...

    by Bald Evil

    And I still could not describe the plot or the ending to you. I could, however, describe Mathilda May in loving, dangerously obsessive detail. Also, I'm still bothered by the scene in which Captain Picard is possessed by a woman. Just... weird.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I seen it at a drive in....

    by DangerDave

    This and Fright Night. AWESOME!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    This movie scared the hell out of me.

    by Lashlarue

    Of course I was 11 when I saw it.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    for those who have not seen Lifeforce...

    by solitaire

    What it has: spaceflight, comets, derelict huge beyond comprehention alien spacecraft, bat aliens, zombies, naked male models, body possession, shadowy british goverment agents, mind meld type telepathy, electric superpowers, black ops helicopters, patrick stewart, that hawkman second in command from flash gordon with the big 'fro as a male nurse with a huge 'fro, potential apocolypse, vampire mythology, politics, science, chases, pumping theme music, a ton of other stuff and the most beautiful, girl next door type brunette you have ever seen, named Matilda May, who basically walks around nude the WHOLE film. What it doesn't have: A plot that makes sense...but, c'mon, the scale is a little heavy in the plus catagory, no? BTW, if you hold the delectible Miss May in a secret lust cell in your mind, DO NOT see the Jackal with Bruce Willis. She is in that with what can only be described as a pageboy/mullet haircut that sucks the sexy right out of her.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Salem's lot

    by solitaire

    Is a masterpiece. There isn't a weak part of that movie, from David Soul's way underrated, affable performance and a strong supporting cast to the vampire pop up in jail that made us all drop a trouser snail and an actually scary scene featuring Fred Willard in red satin underwear. I watch this movie regularly and always enjoy it

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    If I seem to remember isn't the Lifeforce basically

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Steve Railsback's jizz..?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Mathilda May...

    by DVaderRIP

    An entire generation of men jacked off to her in this film. Probably the only scene that has a firmer place in the collective memories of men born in the mid-70s is Jamie Lee Curtis's 'mirror' scene in Trading Places. Word is that Mathilda bitterly regrets have done Lifeforce, but I don't know why; there really are worse things to be famous for. And yes - she is still *very* hot. She's also only 46, which shows you how young she was back then.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Salem's Lot was Tobe's best work...

    by Lampers

    I do love Mathilda May though, astonishingly beautiful!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST


    by ComSamVimes

    That's how every movie review should be.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Saw it HD recently and I DO. But Mr UltraTron

    by UltraTron

    the marriage ceremony hasn't even started yet. I DO! Now on to the honeymoon! Open the gates!!! Beeuuutifuul laadiees.. Holy fucking shit this chick is the genetic link missing in any sequence. Computer: Holodeck program May Clone ALPHA. Set number of clones to 10 for starters. Infinite loop cycle. See you guys next year

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Lifeforce remake...

    by eustisclay

    ...just kidding. With all the remakes though, it wouldn't surprise me. It would be a pg13 and they'd find a way to make sure all the things we loved about the first one was kept out. And yeah, I'd buy this on bluray TODAY!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    By the way, really rotten...

    by eustisclay tease us with the naked headline and then start off by talking about Miss Mays' nudity...only to say, well, never mind, this isn't a picture of that.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    The remake

    by DVaderRIP

    Agree, it would be PG-13. She would be nude, but it would be filmed from behind, and from the waist up. Because the one thing we can't have 12 year old boys seeing is a naked woman's body right? People being torn apart? Sure. Zombies with their guts dragging along the floor? No problem. But if we showed a 12 year old boy a beautiful woman (and Mathilda certainly was that) completely naked, well that would just be the last straw.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    It's not everday...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    You see a movie where Patrick Stewart's brains are sucked out of his nostrils and eyeballs to form a little model spacecraft made out of levitating guts. Not to mention all the other crazy stuff. And the boobs, of course. Has anybody mentioned the boobs yet?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by DVaderRIP

    My god, were there boobs in this film?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Can't believe I just saw this movie for the 1st time

    by Beezbo

    It is an example of "good" Tobe Hooper, as opposed to everything else after it with the possible exception of TCM2 (love Dennis Hopper in that). I also recently saw his Freddy Krueger origin episode of "Freddy's Nightmares" for the first time and was extremely disappointed.

  • "Lifeforce" was one of those films from the mid-80ies I remember seeing back when I was a kid in the US Air Force and stationed in Germany. The base I lived on (Kapaun Air Station) was part of Kaiserslautern military community and the little base theater would show really bad action/adventure/sci-fi and crimedrama films as late showings...I am talking the grade Z type schlock that was always good for a laugh or two... I remember when a little film called "Lifeforce" was showing and I thought? Hmmmm, Vampires from space and it has a hot-looking chick in it too? I am in! The storyline/basic premise was a pretty decent one I thought, the special effects were fairly decent in most of the film for it's time and seeing the incredible looking Mathilda May naked throughout the film? MAJOR bonus!! I remember too that the actor Steve Railsback had a string of action films going on during that time frame and he was such an overthetop hack actor....just like he was in "Lifeforce" too. This is also the film...along with "Excaliber" that I remember seeing a pre-Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart having a fairly large role in as well. "Lifeforce" IS a total 80ies Tobe Hopper cheesy film that is so silly & bad? That's it's actually fun to watch...even to this very day! So, I too highly recommend that if you have never seen this film or want to go totally 80ies Retro one day or evening? Check this one out!

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this was part of Tobe's big three-picture mega-deal...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...with "Invaders" and TCM2. Box office on all three kind of ended his big-screen A-list director aspirations. But there is some outrageous fun to be had in this one.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST



    Amen to that brother. The ratings system in this country is a joke. The sad thing is is that most parents enforce this ridiculousness as well. Hell even my parents let me watch any gore drenched horror movie I wanted to at a young age, but something with sex/nudity, you're not allowed to watch this. WTF?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Anybody read the novel?

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    "The Space Vampires" by Colin Wilson. Drastically different in tone, better ideas, but nowhere near as much fun in the sheer mayhem department.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by solitaire

    I thank you sir, you are too kind. It is one of those movies where I could never see how the hell you COULD review it, let alone explaine it. It is like a precurser to Sucker Punch in a way, as if some one just threw everything the liked into one script, whether or not it made sense together.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    That movie was NUTS...

    by Playkins

    Blend together 80's-forward scifi, Vampires, a hot naked chick, and shake well. There's no way that movie would get made today.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    A terrific weird little film

    by Roninf5

    Aside from being British what really adds to the overall weirdness of this movie is that they seemed to have left half the film on the cutting room floor. I don't know if this a deliberate editing style choice or they didn't have enough money to get all the coverage they wanted or what but the way it was cut together seemed strange. It makes me a little sad to think there was unseen film footage of the delectable Miss May's naked body that ended up in the trash bin.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I am sorry but Lifeforce is a terrible b-movie and apart

    by KilliK

    from the beautiful naked chick,i really cant understand why this flick has achieved cult status.i kept hearing good things for this flick and ofc i decided to watch it only to come across into a big disappointment. it is really very bad,with a ridiculous,forgetable story and completely cheesy effects.even the great Patrick Steward seems to be out of place in this movie. if the only reason for this trash to be considered a cult classic is the nude chick,then being a nerd is even worse than i thought.

  • i havent watched the italian movie,but thats what i read somewhere that Lifeforce is a ripoff of that film.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Watch the entire movie online

    by DoctorBotanus

    I've found LifeForce on YouTube, cut up into segments, but it should be the entire film (who knows if certain "bits" have been edited out) online. You can get to the first segment here: I could have sworn I stumbled upon the entire film somewhere uncut and intact (without being cut up into segments)

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Watch the entire movie online

    by DoctorBotanus

    I've found LifeForce on YouTube, cut up into segments, but it should be the entire film (who knows if certain "bits" have been edited out) online. You can get to the first segment here: I could have sworn I stumbled upon the entire film somewhere uncut and intact (without being cut up into segments)

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Watch the whole film online

    by DoctorBotanus

    YouTube has LifeForce in its entirety (don't know if certain "bits" are edited out--I can't hang around to see) Part one is here: I could have sworn that there was another site that had the entire film uncut and in one streaming full-length video somewhere.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    What phrase sums Lifeforce up?

    by atan0669

    My God! It's full of boobs!

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 3:31 a.m. CST

    This is going on my watch list for this weekend

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    no question about that.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Planet of the Vampires

    by uglyMood

    @killik: Not really. I own Planet of the Vampires on DVD and have watched it way more times than is healthy. There are some similarities, but they're minor. There is one movie that borrowed HUGE chunks of it, though: Alien. The distress call, the wrecked alien ship and the giant dead alien are the main elements used. Alien is a mashup between Planet of the Vampires (everything up to just before they discover the eggs) and It: The Terror From Beyond Space (everything from the moment they get back in the ship), with a lot of nice scary O'Bannon and Scott stuff to glue it all together. The art direction on Planet of the Vampires is amazing. I love the spacesuits, and it's the only classic SciFi movie I can think of where the spacecraft has realistic-sounding steel decks.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Planet of the Vampires warning

    by uglyMood

    There is one element of POTV that you may find offputting, and that's the special effects. For some reason the miniature work is atrocious. It's a Mario Bava film, though, so it may have been a stylistic decision on his part. If you can get past that, it's a brilliant, superbly creepy movie. Oh, there's a classic telescreen sequence toward the beginning of the movie that is obviously just actors on the other side of a hole in the set. I think it was that scene where I fell in love with the movie.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by uglyMood

    Yeah, I always found that denial about as convincing as Kubrick insisting he had never seen Destination Moon prior to 2001: a Space Odyssey. The alien spacecraft sequence starts about 6:30 into this clip:

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by uglyMood

    There was actually a much more direct source for Darth Vader's mask and helmet. It was the cover of an old pulp magazine, and the character was, if I recall, "The Wasp," but I don't think it was The Shadow's nemesis of the same name. It was from the 1930s, and basically WAS Darth Vader except the mask was a bit more elongated. I saw it in a magazine story about the sources for Star Wars back in 1977, right after the movie came out. I have not seen it since, and have found absolutely zero references to it anywhere. I've looked for years. It doesn't help that some wasps build nests out of pulp, complicating the search.

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    The MGM cable channel...

    by Plathismo

    ...was showing this recently. Ms. May. High Definition. Yeah. That said, it didn't make me quite eroto-nostalgic enough to take matters into my own hands. Internet porn has ruined me.