DARK STAR (1972/74 U.S.) D/W/P: JOHN CARPENTER W: DAN O`BANNON
Carpenter`s feature debut was originally an USC short that ran about 45 mins. He called back the actors for extensive re-shoots for a theatrical release. The padding is more than evident (especially the scenes with the alien beachball), but no-matter, this is still a fun and extremely well-made low-buget gem that has a great, memorable ending. The plot revolves around a bored spaceship crew who bomb unstable suns. O`Bannon (who later hit it big by writing ALIEN) is in the cast, also with Nick Castle. I would imagine it inspired the RED DWARF tv show.

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