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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

DARK STAR (1974)

John Carpenter's first feature-length film is more of an oddity than a very entertaining film.  This one started out as just a short and then it got morphed later on into something longer.  Plot-wise it's basically a mostly pretty boring spoof of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.  It's supposed to be funny but really doesn't get much above the slightly  humorous point.  In  addition to seeing Carpenter's debut it's also weird seeing writer Dan O'Bannon as one of the goofy astronauts who gets to run around chasing a beach ball with feet that's supposed to be an alien creature and get into slapsticky fights with his crew-mates.  A few years after this O'Bannon would go on to write ALIEN with a much different looking creature running around a spaceship.  Only interesting as a curiosity for hardcore Carpenter fans.

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