Dark Star (1974)

G   |    |  Comedy, Sci-Fi

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In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.




  • John Carpenter in Dark Star (1974)
  • Brian Narelle in Dark Star (1974)
  • Nick Castle and Dan O'Bannon in Dark Star (1974)
  • Miles Watkins in Dark Star (1974)
  • Dre Pahich in Dark Star (1974)
  • Brian Narelle in Dark Star (1974)

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3 November 2003 | Jay-Kavanaugh
Cult classic
Well OK this may not the most enjoyable film I've seen but it is certainly one of the most unique and cynical films ever. I find myself pulling out the tape and watching it again every couple of years just to give myself a reality check with all the Hollywood tripe you get these days. To make the most of it you need to watch a couple of Star Trek episodes first and then watch this. Instead of the clean-cut, politically correct, join-the-dots films that are so common now, you get a feeling that this might just be the way life on a space ship would really be.

It was really way ahead of its time. People now comment that films like Star Wars and Alien were the first to make sci-fi more 'realistic' but Dark Star pre-dates both of them by several years. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is where Scott Ridley and George Lucas got some of their ideas.

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