This week we set our sights on what is considered one of the best student films ever created....No wait! Come back listeners! This is not your usual student film full of hokey acting, cheap sets and bad special effects....well, not too much of it anyways. Not when the student in question is John Carpenter! Dark Star is the expanded version of Carpenter's original student film about four men on a deteriorating spaceship in deep space going a bit loopy. Beach-ball aliens, makeshift musical instruments, philosophizing bombs and surfing on space debris are all highlights in this original and off-beat concept.
Dir: John Carpenter Wri: John Carpenter, Dan O'Bannon Cine: Douglas Knapp Edi: Dan O'Bannon Mus: John Carpenter Prod: University of Southern California, Jack H. Harries Enterprises, Bryanston Pictures Cast: Dan O'Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich, John Carpenter, Barbara Knapp [Ep. 193, Rec 02/2018]
March 20, 2020 Subject:
The character that was not supposed to be on board.
... just a note to the hosts... I'm not going to try to recall character names here but I've been sharing the film with friends lately - it's actually quite funny ... especially the beachball ... astronauts resenting having taken it on as a "pet" and it clearly resenting it's position, and cornering the guy trying to feed it into the empty elevator shaft... lol ... but really - the dude that was "not pinbacker" or what have you - was the fuel tech at the liftoff pad, and somehow the astronaut that was supposed to get on board fell into the fuel reservoir and voila, the tech decided to go for a ride in his place... not sure where in the film I picked that up but it was explained at some point.