Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Script for Short Version of Dark Star (1974)
I was searching the Internet to find a quote from the intelligent but disobedient bomb in Dark Star (1974), when I came across the entire script.
Dark Star was written by John Carpenter & Dan O'Bannon, and directed by John Carpenter. It was the first film for both of them I believe.
This is an excellent example of a low-budget film that transcends its origins. If you have a few minutes, that is all the time it will take to read the script.
They spent literally $100s of dollars on the visual effects for this movie, and every penny of it is up on the screen. The "alien" who invades their ship is famously a beachball with plastic feet.
You should definitely think you are reading a script by graduate students at a university in the early 1970s (e.g. the early 70s were the late 60s according to various theories about how this culture by decade phenomena works).
The sequence with the discussion with the bomb can be found at Youtube at the link below. This is obviously a spoiler for the film.