USA/1974/83mins/PG. Dir: John Carpenter. With Dan O’Bannon, Dre Pahick, Brian Narelle.
John Carpenter’s first feature is widely regarded as a cult classic and a seminal influence on 21st century science fiction. Co-written by and starring Alien screenwriter Dan O’Bannon, this 1970s low budget space comedy has found its place in the sci-fi pantheon as the missing link between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Red Dwarf.
Animat’s soundtrack uses a mixture of their original brand of dub-infused electronica, tracks from their eclectic DJ archive and remixed themes from the original score. The dialogue and sound effects are mixed live in real time as part of the performance. Mark Daly and Michael Harding have been working together as Animat since 2004 and have released six EPs and two albums on the Big Chill label.
"Very black, very funny and strangely moving, this is a genuine contender for the term cult classic" - Empire