Dark Star

Year Released: 1974
Main Stars: Brian Narelle , Cal Kuniholm , Dre Pahich , Dan O’Bannon , Adam Beckenbaugh , Joe Saunders 
Review Date: January 2016
Last watched: January 2016
Number Watches: 3
Format Watched: DVD


“Ok. But this is the last time.”

“No, I think it was four years ago.”

Once you’ve seen Darkstar you will never unsee it. Not bad and not great, just a fun party with some dudes who want to get high but are stuck in space instead. The budget is obviously tiny but in some way the effects are actually spot on – the ship, for instance, is perfectly shaped, even though the internal dynamics are hard to place.

Dan and Brian play it for stupidity, like just guys along for the ride. The idea was good and the script doesn’t take itself seriously at all but superbly portrays a feeling that work-a-day space is a bit of a drudge, a feeling I’ve not seen in space films since. Maybe a little old fashioned for high-class movie goers but after decades away from my last watch, I wasn’t disappointed as I have been with others I thought were good when I was young.

It’s a scifi geek film and maybe not for the uninitiated but still got value and must have a cult following somewhere in the world. It’s that kind of show.


DVD Extras: A little more than nothing. This is the 30th Anniversary edition and they’ve not bothered. No interviews with the cast 30 years on or anything. Disappointed.


Keep DVD?
Hello……how are the Dodgers?……Yes, just keep in ice box for now.

Watch if on TV?
Sort of. Maybe once but doubt I’d get through the whole thing. Maybe go stare at the stars instead.

Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog for a surf.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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