Note: Let there by light: the odyssey of "Dark Star" - the extended version - includes clips from a rare student film directed by Dan O'Bannon. Featuring exclusive interviews with actor Brian Narelle, cnematographer Doug Knapp, art director Tommy Lee Wallace, visual effects artists Greg Jein, voice artist Cookie Knapp, film distributor Jack Harris, Diane O'Bannon, and more! Also includes an archival interview with John Carpenter, as well as the fonal interview of Dan O'Bannon. Produced and directed by Daniel Griffith
Interview with sci-fi author Alan Dean Foster
Interview with Brian Narelle
3D guide to the dark star ship
Full-length audio commentary by 'super-fan' Andrew Gilchrist
- Bomb 20, contemplating a deep philosophical paradox
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2004
"[A]n affectionate, anarchic sci-fi satire featuring hippie astronauts, talking bombs and cosmic surfing."
John Carpenter's low-budget debut feature is a hilarious romp set in the deepest reaches of outer space. The haggard crew of the dilapidated Dark Star spaceship--Doolittle (Brian Narelle), Boiler (Cal Kuniholm), Pinback (Dan O'Bannon), and Talby (Dre Pahich)--is on an extended mission to seek out and destroy unstable planets. But after 20 years of the same routine, each crewmember is reaching the end of his tether. The journey is fraught with mishaps, and danger seems to lurk around every corner. There are misbehaving pet aliens, suicidal bombs that dream of detonating, frozen crewmates dispensing advice from beyond the grave, and a surly, unhelpful main computer that holds the men it serves in total contempt. Despite all these problems, the crew is still bored to the brink of madness. Co-written by the multitasking O'Bannon, who is also credited as the film's production designer and editor, DARK STAR brims with giddy jabs at the science-fiction genre (including George Lucas's THX 1138), an approach that Mel Brooks would later take in his own sci-fi spoof, SPACEBALLS (1987). In addition to writing, directing, and acting, Carpenter also composed the film's atmospheric score.
Sci-fi cinema geniuses, the early years! DARK STAR is John Carpenter's directorial debut, aided and abetted by future ALIEN writer Dan O'Bannon. A knowing satire of sci-fi flicks, the film follows three astronauts as they embark on their mission to seek and destroy unstable planets that are hazardous to space colonies. However, their onboard computer and weapons systems have different ideas.
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John Carpenter's THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCO BILLY won an Oscar in 1970 for Best Live Action Short Film.
Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon's terrifying script for ALIEN was based on a segment of DARK STAR.
The "alien" in DARK STAR is simply a beachball with plastic feet stuck on it.