Lifeforce: Tobe Hooper’s Overlooked ’80s Horror Gem

Lifeforce 1985

Amongst horror fans, Lifeforce remains one of the most tragically underseen gems of the 1980s horror boom. Directed by genre maverick Tobe Hooper hot on the heels of Poltergeist, this eccentric sci-fi vampire tale failed to make a major splash upon release but has gone on to earn a devoted cult following. Blending space opera, body horror, apocalyptic thrills, and erotic overtones, Lifeforce offers a smorgasbord of outlandish delights awaiting rediscovery by curious horror devotees. … Read The Full Article

Gothic (1986) – Russell’s Surreal Portrait of Creative Darkness

Gothic (1986)

I was eager to revisit Ken Russell’s 1986 cult classic Gothic. This surreal and stylized take on the fabled night Mary Shelley conceived Frankenstein has all the ingredients to delight fans of phantasmagoric cinema. Russell wastes no time plunging viewers into the libertine world of Lord Byron, surrounding the poet with bosomy maidens and scandalized tourists. Upon arrival at Byron’s Lake Geneva estate, Percy Bysshe Shelley can barely contain his ardor, quoting poetry amid lightning … Read The Full Article