Episode 10: Lifeforce

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Sometime in the 80s, Hailey’s Comet reappeared in the sky. About the same time, Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce appeared in theaters. Corey Redekop was never the same.

He joins Mark and Joe to discuss the 1985 cult classic, directed by the man who also made such films as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. Written by the same screenwriter as Alien, Lifeforce had its critics, but Redekop has a place in his heart for the movie.

They discuss the horror and science fiction pedigree behind the movie, including the Quatermass pictures made by Hammer Films in the UK.

Redekop says the visual effects should have received an Oscar nomination. In some ways, he says, Lifeforce was “the most expensive Hammer film never made.” The producers insisted on a twenty minute cut to the film which made the plot hard to follow, so Redekop recommends watching the director’s cut of this classic “space vampire” film.

Watch the trailer below.

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Corey Redekop was born and raised in Thompson MB, then left the north to become an actor, a waiter, a tree planter, a world traveler, a lawyer, a barista, a broadcaster, and a film editor.

During a stint back in Thompson as the director of the Thompson Public Library, he published his first novel, Shelf Monkey, a satiric and savage comedy about the contemporary book world.

His second book, Husk, is a darkly funny book about a newly-minted zombie’s attempts to balance family, career, and cannibalism. Redekop makes his living as a writer, librarian, and publicist. He lives in Fredericton NB.

Find his books wherever you buy them online!

Amazon | Bookshop.org | ECW Books | ChaptersIndigo

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