Saturday, March 31, 2007
Flicking around last night, we came across 1985's 'Lifeforce' - with Steve Railsback at his best (giggle). My hubs and I have a special place in our heart for this flick. Mainly because the style exemplifies the 'British vs. the Alien' genre.
You see it in the Dr. Who series. Especially the older episodes where the action took place on earth. There was always matter of fact Brigadier Generals with green jumpers with elbow patches who took in everything without flinching. Nobody was ever really freaked out by Cybermen walking the streets or blood thirsty space vampires.
Bring in the military, close the city and lets get on with it.
In Lifeforce, London is trashed by weird blue lights and a horny vampire alien. Everyone Peter Firth explains this too, seems ok with it. They don't even blink.
We saw this in Invasion Earth too. Which was great. Real end of the world stuff. But with no big freak out flag waving. Just clenched jaws and gritted teeth. We don't know what it is but we will blast the hell out of it.
Even early British sci fi was filled with this understatement and calm. From 'The Village of the Dammed' to the wonderful Quatermass series.
Quatermass and the Pit or Five Million Years to Earth, as I knew it had the British authorities unearth an ancient alien species with strange psychic abilities and nobody questioned this. Nobody blamed the Russians...no cold war paranoia. It was aliens. Right, better get on with it then. Call in the guard and get those green jumpers on.
We always giggle at these shows....Britain has been attacked by so many strange creatures over the years, that they are the pro's in this business. Torchwood must be real! It must be because of the two World Wars. The brits are so good at handling big things and work so hard at not making a big fuss about things....that this is how they react to even the weirdest of events.
If there is ever an alien invasion, I am moving to the UK. I think I would be much safer, despite the robots and blood thirsty aliens, or strange zombie viruses out and about.
Mind you, my husband pointed out that Canada is probably the safest place because in any movies about invasions or natural disasters, Canada never gets a mention. Nothing....I swear we must have some sort of force field that circles our country.....and keeps it out of internation news and notice from aliens!