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In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.



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Low-budget story of four astronauts in deep space, whose mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems which are to be colonised. The late Commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Estrella oscura  »

Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (Original Version) | (Director's Cut) | (original student film)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bombs are made from an HO scale piggyback trailer kit and parts of 1/25th scale model car kits; "Matra", the name of the car, can be seen on some parts in some shots. See more »


Just before bomb #20 explodes, Pinback takes off his earphones, but they are back on a second later. See more »


Pinback: What are you gonna name it?
Doolittle: What?
Pinback: The new star; what are you gonna name it?
Doolittle: Who cares? Don't bother me.
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Referenced in Let There Be Light: The Odyssey of Dark Star (2010) See more »


Benson Arizona
Music by John Carpenter
Lyrics by Bill Taylor
Vocals by John Yager (uncredited)
[Played over the opening and closing credits]
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The captain is dead, but that is no problem
27 September 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

It all started out as a short film made at film school made by the now legendary John Carpetenter, but then they wanted to make a longer version, however they couldn't get money to remake it, so they simply added extra scenes in the middle (example, the beach ball alien).

The story is this, on a ship where the captain is dead (but you can unfreeze to ask him questions) and the rest crew are going basically crazy they have problem. One of their bombs has become sentient and is busy contemplating the nature of existence.

The effects are OK, and who would have thought the beach ball would become the inspriration for the movie Alien.

Over all one of the great classics of science fiction and of low budget film making.

I heard of this movie a long time ago and it took me over 10 years before I finally found it in my local video shop. Great and amazing movie.

What will bomb number 20 do, now it is intelligent...watch the film and find out.

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