Rating: **** Threat: Alien vampires
Cannon. Written by Don Jakoby & Dan O'Bannon based on the novel The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson; Photographed by Alan Hume; Special effects by John Dykstra & Robert Shepherd; Edited by John Grover; Music by Henry Mancini & Michael Kamen; Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan; Directed by Tobe Hooper. Original version, 116 minutes; U.S. version, 106 minutes.
Steve Railsback (Tom Carlsen, American astronaut and the only survivor from the Churchill); Peter Firth (Col. Colin Came, British security officer in charge of the case); Frank Finlay (Hans Fallada, professor of biochemistry); Mathilda May (female space vampire); Christopher Jagger, Bill Malin (male space vampires); Patrick Stewart (Dr. Armstrong, director of Thurlstone Asylum); Michael Gothard (Dr. Bukovsky, head of European Research Center); Nancy Paul (Ellen Donaldson, woman possessed by the space vampire); Aubrey Morris (Sir Percy Hazeltine, British home secretary); Peter Porteous (British prime minister); Katherine Schofield (Miss Haversham, secretary to prime minister); John Keegan (security guard and first revived victim); Jerome Willis (pathologist attacked by revived guard); Derek Benfield (physician); John Woodnutt (metallurgist); James Forbes-Robertson (minister); Owen Holder (scientist); John Hallam (Lamson, asylum orderly); Nicholas Ball (Derebridge, Carlsen's friend aboard the Churchill); Jamie Roberts (Rawlings, Churchill radio officer); Russell Sommers (Churchill navigation officer); Patrick Connor, Sidney Kean, Paul Cooper (guards); Chris Sullivan (Kelly, Caine's aide); Milton Cadman, Rupert Baker (soldiers); Gary Hildreth (police surgeon); Nicholas Donnelly (police inspector); Peter Louistrom, Julian Firth (witnesses in park); Carl Rigg, Elizabeth Morgan (radio technicians); Geoffrey Frederick (Churchill communications officer); Richard Oldfield (Churchill commander); Christopher Barr (Churchill trajectory officer); David English, Emma Jacobs, Michael John Paliotti, Brian Carroll (Churchill crew members); Burnell Tucker, Thorn Booker, Michael Fitzpatrick (NASA officials); Richard Sharpe (rescue ship crewman); John Golightly (colonel); William Lindsay (His aide); Sydney Livingstone (Ned Price, white Volvo driver); Ken Parry (Jeffrey Sykes, mental patient); John Edmunds (BBC broadcaster); Haydn Wood (helicopter pilot).
This frenetic picture takes the audience on a wild roller coaster ride through various genres before settling down into the apocalyptic mode. Director Tobe Hooper, who launched his career with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), is