A space shuttle mission investigating Halley’s Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London’s population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful alien woman who appears responsible. —IMDb
Though he has worked in the horror and dark fantasy genres for more than two decades, producer-writer-director Tobe Hooper’s significant contributions can all be traced to just two films: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Poltergeist (1982). Though produced under very different circumstances — the former was an ultra-low-budget exploitation potboiler while the latter was a major studio spectacular — both films were major commercial successes that reflected the zeitgeist of their day. Surprisingly, neither had quite the salutary effect on Hooper’s career as one might have expected. The filmmaker’s current viability, such as it is, has resulted from a canny shift to creating, producing and directing genre projects for the small screen. A popular artist who once helped set trends in entertainment evolved over time into a smooth craftsman striving to ride the wave of his genre’s acceptance into the mainstream.
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Cannon gave Tobe Hooper, perhaps the best aesthetician of his generation, buckets of money and a crack creative team (John Dykstra on VFX, Henry Mancini on score, Dan O'Bannon on writing duties) to craft a blockbuster out of the novel THE SPACE VAMPIRES. What resulted is a brassy, energetic ALIEN/Hammer film-hybrid that goes in some sexy and apocalyptic directions. A must see for any genre fan.
I enjoy this just for Peter Firth's glib, deadpan performance delivered with tongue firmly in cheek. He hisses his stupid lines with a poker-faced angry conviction. Btw, I think the alien killed men mostly because everybody kept calling her "girl". If only the film featured more of the supernaturally perfect alien males, it might have appealed to a wider demographic than guys ogling Mathilda May.