Originally intended to be a 68-minute student film, 'Dark Star' was the creation of University of Southern California film students John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon. It is the twenty-first century story of four bored astronauts in deep space, whose mission is to destroy unstable planets in star systems which are to be colonised. The late commander Powell is stored in deep freeze, where he is still able to offer advice. As their mission nears completion, they must cope with a runaway alien which resembles a beach-ball, faulty computer systems, and a "smart bomb" who thinks it is God.
"Let There Be Light: The Odyssey Of 'Dark Star' - 117 mins": An all new, feature-length documentary exploring the controversial making of the John Carpenter (Halloween) and Dan O'Bannon (Alien) student film. Includes exclusive interviews with actor Brian Narelle, cinematographer Doug Knapp, art director Tommy Lee Wallace, visual effects artist Greg Jein, voice artist Cookie Knapp, film director Jack Harris, Diane O'Bannon, USC alumni/ director Jeff Burr, as well as archival interviews with John Carpenter and many more! Plus the final interview with Dan O'Bannon, Directed by Daniel Griffith 2010