Early work by John Carpenter, who went on to direct such greats as Halloween, the Fog, the Thing and Escape from New York. Hard to find student film, done with Dan O'Bannon.
The Dark Star's crew is on a 20-year mission to destroy unstable planets and make way for future colonization. The smart bombs they use to effect this zoom off cheerfully to do their duty. But unlike Star Trek, in which order prevails, the nerves of this crew are becoming increasingly frayed to the point of psychosis. Their captain has been killed by a radiation leak that also destroyed their toilet paper. "Don't give me any of that 'Intelligent Life' stuff," says Commander Doolittle when presented with the possibility of alien life. "Find me something I can blow up." When an asteroid storm causes a malfunction, Bomb Number 20 (the most cheerful character in the film) has to be repeatedly talked out of exploding prematurely, each time becoming more and more peevish, until they have to teach him phenomenology to make him doubt his existence. And the film's apocalyptic ending, lifted almost wholly from Ray Bradbury's story "Kaleidoscope," has the remaining crew drifting away from each other in space, each to a suitably absurd end. Absurd, surreal, and very funny. John Carpenter once described Dark Star as "Waiting for Godot in space." Made at a cost of practically nothing, the film's effects are nevertheless impressive and, along with the number of ideas crammed into its 83 minutes, ought to shame makers of science fiction films costing hundreds of times more. The DVD contains both the original 68-minute release and the director's full version. --Jim Gay
Dark Star doesn't forget to include liberal doses of the Human Condition in its depiction of The Future (tm). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ross
One of my old time favourite science fiction movies. Early classic from John Carpenter.
Good effects, story everything a movie must have. Read more
Very good extras including the true story behind the cult classic Dark star. I'd say a must have for every fan.Published on July 7 2013 by Wes Sargent
I Thought it would be good with some of the people that were in it but it was terrible. Not funny, not well written and after watching it, I through it in the garbage.Published on Dec 26 2012 by Joanne
Made with their own money! John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon made this quite bizarre tale of boredom in space. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Andrew
What's also amazing is the sensitivity to characters and personalities in this movie. Each crew member is different, and has his own unique coping mechanisms (or none at all) for... Read morePublished on March 16 2004
If you're a John Carpenter fan (Starman, Alien, etc.), you might be interested in seeing his early work, but if not, skip this DOG of a film. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004
DARK STAR is the most un-romantic, stark, hysterical vision of space exploration ever filmed. Carpenter and O'bannon capture the suffocating boredom perfectly! Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein