Trivia / Lifeforce

  • Box Office Bomb: The film cost $25 million to make and Cannon expected it to be a blockbuster. Final box office gross: $11 million.
  • Creator Killer: After the failure of the film, Tobe Hooper never worked on a big budget movie again and most stuck to tv shows and smaller projects. It is also, in many ways, a example of things to come for The Cannon Group. The film studio folded a few years later due to a string of similar box office bombs.
  • Development Hell: At some point, two TV series were announced based on the property: one by Ringleader Studio in 2013 and based on the book and another by Chiller TV in 2015 and based on the film. So far, both project failed to materialize.
  • Executive Meddling: Tobe Hooper initially wanted to make Lifeforce a much sillier movie titled The Space Vampires, the same name as the book on which it is based. The execs forced him to make the story more serious, and switch to the present title.
    • When Tristar Pictures picked up the film for domestic distribution, they cut 15 minutes from the film and had some of Henry Mancini's score replaced with work by Michael Kamen. Due to the cuts, the US version is rather confusing at times.
    • The execs, particularly The Cannon Group co-owner Menahen Golan, also demanded for more shoots of Mathilda May to be included in the movie.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Patrick Stewart admits that the only reason he agreed to be in this movie was to pay for repairs to a bay window at his house.
  • Old Shame: Surprisingly averted with Mathilda May who played the Space Girl. In a interview included in the Blue ray release ("Dangerous Beauty with Mathilda May") and while she does ponder how she accepted the role in the first place and states that today she wouldn't take it, May shows not regret or remorse for her participation in the film and is proud of her work and the guts that took to do it. This seems to contradict that rumors circulated about her being embarrassed of the movie, to the point of not include it in her filmography.
    • In the other hand, Patrick Stewart describes the movie as "the nadir of his career" and, as stated above, took the job solely because he was in need of some cash.