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May 5, 2023
10:00 PM
Normal Theater
209 W North Street

Normal, IL 61761
$7 General Admission / $5 Students
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Dark Star

Friday, May 5, 2023

“One of the damnedest science fiction movies I've ever seen.”
—Roger Ebert
This outrageously unique sci-fi headtrip was the debut feature from genre film emperor John Carpenter. The film originally began as a student film project by Carpenter and collaborator Dan O'Bannon (ALIEN, THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD) that was eventually expanded into a full length feature. The film takes place on the deep-space cruiser Dark Star, where a crew of stoned astronauts (including O’Bannon himself) are assigned the task of blowing up planets with unsuitable life forms in order to make the universe safe for the human race. The leader, Commander Powell (Joe Sanders), is cryogenically frozen after being killed in a freak accident, leading next-in-line Doolittle (Brian Narelle) to try to keep the rest of the crew in check, which—due to the onset of alien creatures and intergalactic existential hysteria—is a much tougher job than expected. G / 83 min.
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