Dark Star, how the director John Carpenter’s first science fiction film led on to the creation of Alien (video).

Dan O’Bannon, the original Alien film screenwriter, collaborated with John Carpenter on a short scifi film called Dark Star that eventually became a movie.

Even though John Carpenter’s career was launched thanks to this odd student film, the picture’s impact went well beyond that. It would trigger a series of events that would culminate in the Alien film franchise, widely regarded as one of the best and most financially successful in the history of cinema.

This is the tale of how Dark Star brought O’Bannon to Alien and the creators of that film’s groundbreaking visual aesthetic.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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