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
When they're chasing the "alien" through the bowels of the ship, one of the poorly lit rooms is actually a basement. You can see the conventional light switch and the conduit on the wall. See more »
[Pinback wants the bomb to disarm]
All right, bomb. Prepare to receive new orders.
You are false data.
Therefore I shall ignore you.
False data can act only as a distraction. Therefore, I shall refuse to perceive.
The only thing that exists is myself.
Snap out of it, bomb.
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Both versions of the film are commonly available on DVD and laser disc. See more »
I first saw Dark Star about 25 years ago and have enthused about it ever since. It's definitely a movie that you've got to be in the mind for but it is funny, the music has the characteristic Carpenter style, is very hippyish in a lot of ways and the low-budget style works very well. The alien is great - apparently its feet are the ones used in "The Creature From The Black Lagoon"
It's a shame the DVD doesn't have any extras. I suppose there isn't much left lying around for them to use!
It's also incredible to think that it was only 5 years between the release of this and the release of Alien. Pinback is one of the characters in Dark Star, played by Dan O'Bannon and he is also the co-writer. Then he went on to write Alien!
Do see this film - but be in a laid-back mood when you do.
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