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The intrepid crew of the starship Dark Star are boldly going where no man has gone before…and blowing stuff up real good. They’ve been at it for 20 years…and they’re bored. Lieutenant Doolittle (Brian Narelle) would rather be surfing but he had to take over for Commander Powell, who is technically dead but cryogenically frozen and still available for occasional consultation. Sgt. Pinback (Dan O’Bannon, creator of Alien and director of the immortal Return Of The Living Dead, in a brilliant performance that evokes Harold Lloyd and Daffy Duck) hates everything...especially his pet alien. Boiler is happy as long as he gets to destroy things…and Talby just wants to stargaze. Originally a student film by O’Bannon and future horror/sci fi maestro John Carpenter, Dark Star managed to get released as a feature film, on screens across America. Most folks didn’t get it. If you’re a fan of absurdist sci fi like The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy or Red Dwarf, you’ve probably already heard of it…

 

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