Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cult Movie Alien

Cult Movie Alien
15 mm scale

"Sorry to interrupt your recreation, fellows, but it is time for Sgt. Pinback to feed the alien."


John Carpenter's 1974 film, "Dark Star", is a weird, fun, low-budget story about a cranky crew of oddballs dealing with life in space and trying to save themselves from an intelligent bomb that has decided it wants to explode.  A major subplot features the shenanigans of a maliciously mischievous beachball-shaped alien (obviously made from... a beachball, and a pair of Halloween fright hands) which wreaks havoc on the ship while moving around via the ventilation ducts.


Dark Star was co-written by (and co-starred) Dan O'Bannon, who went on to write a rather more well-known 1979 film about a cranky crew of oddballs whose spaceship was destined to self-destruct, confronting a malicious alien traveling through the ventilation ducts:

"Look, we have actual money now!"

8 comments:

  1. This is hilarious! I never heard of the movie but it seems well worth checking it out :D.

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    1. Oh it definitely is, if you're in the right mood.

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  2. Cool! Well done. I have not seen the film in years but it comes flooding back. Did you make the miniature? I have not seen it before.

    GBS
    www.theionage.com

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  3. I love it, Mr. M. Very nice sculpt and painting; kinda makes a body smile and chuckle just a little bit.

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  4. Y'know, when I made my ridiculous Rogue Trader "Bouncers" last year somebody mentioned that they were based on a creature from Dark Star. I had up until that point not ever got more than ten minutes into watching that movie. I watched it since and while frankly I found it excruciating to watch, I did enjoy seeing the beachball monster.

    I really like what you did with it Allison, it looks just perfect. How does it scale alongside a 28mm fig, is it roughly beachball sized? I would happily buy a handful of those if the Ion Age folks planned to make them, Im just saying :)

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    1. Ha, a movie like this is definitely a "love it or hate it" proposition. It's pretty weird and the pacing is amaterish. Not to mention un-likeable characters and film school production values. I don't think I'd watch it too often myself, it's an occasional pleasure :)

      This is about beachball-sized to a 28mm figure, I guess. If you really wanted one, I could make you one, but a "handful" might be too much work for lazy ol' me ;)

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