@1 year ago with 128 notes
#john carpenter #dan o'bannon #dark star #alien #prometheus
The alien from John Carpenter’s first film “Dark Star” is interesting in that while it’s very clearly a beach ball painted with spots, there’s nothing biologically unsound about it. There are no shortage of animals on Earth that have spots resembling spray paint, several nearly spherical creatures and even humans have seams on them that resemble those above. Depending on the systems that make this thing tick which aren’t seen in the alien’s depicted state, there’s no reason to deny that somewhere out there in the millions, billions of extrasolar planets there could be something quite hilariously resembling this cheapest of creatures.
Most importantly, because there are no blatant physical impossibilities or illogical statements of the alien’s reproductive system and origin; and because it resembles no common Earthly life form, it’s still more realistic and more creative than the squid in Prometheus.