It’s been cited on the Six of the Best CD as being a big influence to Rob and Doug during the conception stages of Red Dwarf and John Carpenter’s classic ‘student film done good’ Dark Star has been spotted on sale for a frankly LUDICROUS £5.89!
Opinion among the G&T crowd is certainly split on this film. John’s never seen it, Ian thinks it’s complete shit and I quite like it actually, so fuck you. I can’t remember what everyone else thinks. Back in the days of The White Hole I wrote a short and stunningly shit piece about Dark Star and how it might have influenced Rob and Doug. I think I got as far as talking about the fact that they mention a ‘red dwarf’ star and that the video cover was similar to Series I Byte I, completely failed to write about any of the similarities in situation and characters but then published it anyway.
Anyway, as I said I do love this film; it’s very silly, uses some brilliant concepts (such as a malfunctioning AI bomb, which needs to be reasoned with on a philosophical level to prevent it from detonating) and a massive beach ball type alien thing with claws.
For the sake of everyone’s sanity, I’ll refrain from complaining about the frankly ludicrous claim that this DVD is in some way a Collector’s Edition, but I will recommend you pick this up and report back with your findings.