A low budget, sci-fi satire that focuses on a group of scientists whose mission is to destroy unstable planets. 20 years into their mission, they have battle their alien mascot, that resembles a beach ball, as well as a "sensitive" and intelligent bombing device that starts to question the meaning of its existence.Written by
Is frequently considered musician Rob Crow's favorite film. His band Pinback is actually named after the main character and many of the films sound effects can be found in Pinback songs such as "Concrete Seconds" and "Rousseu" See more »
When Doolittle is talking to Bomb #20, the stars in the background change between shots. See more »
You are now leaving the emergency airlock. Thank you for observing all safety precautions.
[Talby shoots out of the ship at ludicrous speed]
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The Playboy posters in the crew quarters are not censored in some prints of this film. See more »
When one takes into account that this was the first real film venture of John Carpenter and Dan O' Bannon, two incredibly influential and talented movie personas, Dark Star is not all that bad. It has some imaginative camera shots, an intriguing storyline, and some unique, definitely not mainstream humour. The story about the humdrum nature of flying in space for an interminable time has several layers peeled in the script. If I judged the film solely on those merits, it would indeed do well. However, the film has a snail's pace and some uneven plot twists, not to mention some not very good acting. Many of Carpenter's soon-to-be-signature trademarks are clearly evident in this film. No denying it, the man has talent. The film was made with a shoestring budget, but Carpenter and crew do a workmanlike job with the resources they had. Clearly, the greatest appreciation for this film is not for the product itself but for the potential and early, evident development of Carpenter and to a lesser degree O' Bannon.
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