Journey far into deep space to see man confront great philosophical questions and battle hostile alien life — with a broom. No, we’re not talking Prometheus here, but rather its direct (if distant) genetic ancestor: the 1974 screwball sci-fi classic Dark Star.
Filmed for approximately the same amount that Ridley Scott spends on one week’s phone bill, Dark Star was the brainchild of future chain-smoking horror director John Carpenter and future Alien screenwriter Dan O’Bannon (who also stars as the aforementioned broom-wielding astronaut). It is perhaps the greatest-ever student film project made good and also features space surfing, philosophical debates with a very dedicated nuclear bomb, an alien made from a beach ball, and even a darn good country song.
Of course there’s no better place to see this than East Nashville’s own ground zero of grindhouse goodness, Logue's Black Raven Emporium. It's the feature screening on projected DVD 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the basement auditorium at 2915 Gallatin Rd.