Scream Factory Details 'Lifeforce' And 'The Vampire Lovers' Blood-sucking Blu-ray Details

A pair of very different vampire movies are on the way from Scream Factory in April, and we've got the Blu-ray details.

When the press release for "Lifeforce" noted that the Tobe Hooper naked-vampires-from-space epic was only 116 minutes, I had to go back and check the running time. Indeed, this beautiful, pulpy, sexed-up sci-fi film--which descends from the depths of space to a vampire plague on Earth--is only an hour and 56. Released in 1985, "Lifeforce" died a pretty decisive death at the box office with a take of something like $11 million, a pretty big flop after Hooper had just come off of the production of "Poltergeist" (whose final authorship is still kind of in doubt). For viewers of a certain age, though, "Lifeforce" is an essential sci-fi/horror memory, thanks in part to a frequently nude Mathilda May and excellent effects from "Star Wars" veteran John Dykstra.

It's been a while since the pricey '98 MGM DVD release, and Fox dumped it on one of those triple packs with "Alien" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" back in '08, so it's nice that Scream Factory is allowing new viewers to discover "Lifeforce" in high-def. The disc will include the features below:

Both Theatrical & International Versions (Theatrical cut available on the Blu-ray only.)

New Audio Commentary with Director Tobe Hooper

New Retrospective with Cast & Crew including Star Steve Railsback, Director Tobe Hooper and others!

Original vintage “Making-Of Lifeforce” Featurette

Original Theatrical Trailer

TV Spot

Still Gallery

And more to be announced!

I know a bit less about the Sapphic tale of bloodlust, "The Vampire Lovers," an adaptation of J. Sheridan LeFanu's novel "Carmilla," but this Hammer film is from "The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires" director Roy Ward Baker who worked with that martial arts Chinese vampire movie's star Peter Cushing here as well.

Here's what's on "The Vampire Lovers" disc:

Feature Length Commentary with Roy Ward Baker (Director), Tudor Gates (Writer) and Ingrid Pitt (Carmilla) moderated by Jonathan Sothcott.

Excerpts from the novella Carmilla, that inspired the film, read by Ingrid Pitt

Original Theatrical Trailer

New Interview with Madeline Smith (Emma)

New Interviews with Hammer Films Scholars

Original Radio Spot

Both movies will be available on April 30th, "Lifeforce" in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and "The Vampire Lovers" on Blu. You can preorder "Lifeforce" here and get a limited edition poster for the disc's newly-commissioned artwork.

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