Still Watching the Skies: Episode 33 “Lifeforce”
Cody, Robert, and Nat have visited some strange places in our explorations of science fiction films of the past. We can now add the strange, wild world of Cannon Films to the places we have visited with 1985’s LIFEFORCE.
LIFEFORCE sometimes plays like the greatest hits from ALIEN writer Dan O’Bannon and POLTERGEIST / SALEMS LOT director Tobe Hooper. Ancient alien ships, vagina like openings, horror tied into sex, vampires, and sound and light shows. It also plays like a sort of tribute to the Quatermass films. Most of all, it’s completely bonkers moving from big special effects set piece to big special effects set piece at a rapid pace without much care for what’s in between. Plus Mathilda May!
The discussion tries valiantly to wrap our collective thoughts around the film. Who is the main character? What is it trying to say? Why is Steve Railsback the lead? Is this the real origin of the pillar of energy in the sky motif? Just what the hell is going on here? And, most of all, do any of the issues we raise really matter? Nat also unloads his most insane theory of where he thought the film was going on the podcast.
And that’s not all. We weren’t able to make it to the Patio Theater’s Sci-Fi Spectacular this year, so instead we decide to come up with our own unofficial marathon. Listen to what films we select, how we play off each other, and how we bring the Still Watching the Skies: Cabinet of Curiosities marathon to a close.
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Next month, we return to the 1950s and take our first crack at the films of notable science fiction director Jack Arnold. It’s going to be a 3D double feature of IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. We’re expecting the next episode to reach out and grab you and we’ll definitely be discussing 3D as a gimmick/aesthetic. We hope you’ll be back for that discussion.