Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Best, worst sci-fi movie

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times: three stars. Quote: "Dark Star is one of the damnedest science fiction movies I've ever seen, a berserk combination of space opera, intelligent bombs, and beach balls from other worlds."

John Carpenter's 1974, shoe-string budget independent film, Dark Star is a real treat. It was his first feature film after film school.

There was no CGI in 1974. The special effects, alien and props are hilarious. Examples:

  • The alien is an inflated, bean bag chair with plastic claws attached and painted with black circles.
  • The torso of the space suit is a muffin tin attached to a cookie sheet.
  • The elevator is a large crate with a dolly attached, which is wheeled up & down a corridor.
Originally, I owned this movie in BetaMax format (yep, I'm old). Now I have a digital copy.

Love, love, LOVE this movie!

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