Vampires don’t only flap capes in dank, Transylvanian castles or scurry around graveyards. Bloodsuckers also appear in sci-fi television and films. They look different, but predatory nature towards humanity remains the same.
For Halloween, discover the most fun vampires have outside classic horror trappings. If you don’t have these in your video collection, rent from Netflix or borrow from friends. Big budget vampire flicks play around Halloween and can be rented from Blockbuster, but with these spacey gems you must hunt a bit more for their cosmic bite.
Star Trek – Original – The Man Trap (1966)
Pass the salt, please.
This spooky tale was the first episode aired of the science fiction classic. When the Enterprise is called to resupply the planet of M113, Captain Kirk and crew meet Dr. Crater and his odd wife Nancy. What’s odd about her? For one thing, she looks different to everyone – different age, different race – even different gender! Nancy was Dr. McCoy’s old flame and it’s clear that Bones still carries a torch for her. When it’s revealed a salt sucking creature murdered Nancy long ago, Bones stops chasing and starts phasering her. Fans nicknamed the beast the “Salt Vampire” and the creature design still looks awesome.
Buck Rogers – Space Vampire (1980)
Captain Buck Rogers and trusty sidekick Colonel Wilma Deering battled human bad guys and aliens for two seasons on NBC. When they met the thirsty Vorvon, a space Vampire, the melding of alien and horror was effectively realized. Instead of drinking blood, the Vorvon siphons the bio energy off people.
Although makeup-up and FX look dated by today’s standards, the sound FX and cinematography here lends a really eerie feel to the story. Poor Wilma is eventually put under the Vorvon’s wicked spell and Buck and robot pal Twiki must do all they can to save the now raving, biological energy craving Colonel Deering. Good luck, Buck!
Life Force – (1985)
This is a British feature film known primarily for two things – realistically gruesome FX with corpse puppets along with a beautiful female space vampire who walks fully naked throughout the film.
Horror lovers will delight in an over abundance of chills and fantastic FX. After a spooky alien craft is discovered in space and brought back to Earth, people start dying and then coming back as energy sucking leeches. Steve Railsback is the American actor who leads the British – including none other than Captain Picard himself Patrick Stewart in this dazzling, if somewhat overlong sci-fi vampire romp.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Man Of The People (1992)
Some of us are more charismatic than others. Here charisma is stolen by a slick intergalactic diplomat who targets Counselor Troi and sucks the mojo from her.
To maintain his reputation as a calming presence in tense political negotiations, Ramid Alkar uses an alien stone and weird chant to steal a person’s life energy. As Alkar grows confident and calmer, the one he attacks deteriorates into a shadow of their former self, while also aging much more rapidly. Normally serene Troi becomes so violent, she goes on the attack with a knife, while disturbingly covered in some of the most severe old age make-up seen anywhere.