Dan O'Bannon

Dan O'Bannon

Highest Rated: 98% Alien (1979)

Lowest Rated: 20% Alien vs. Predator (2004)

Birthday: Sep 30, 1946

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

While attending USC, Dan O'Bannon met John Carpenter and the pair collaborated on the short, "Dark Star" (1970), about astronauts overwhelmed by technology. With the minuscule budget of $60,000, Carpenter expanded the project into a feature--now considered a minor genre classic--in 1974. O'Bannon was along, serving in a number of capacities, including scripting, editing and even playing one of the leading roles. This witty but bleak alternative to high quality films (i.e., Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey") was described by its creators as "'Waiting for Godot' in outer space." Mishandled in its initial distribution, "Dark Star" garnered cult status as a popular fixture on the college circuit in the late 70s.

Highest rated movies

Dark Star




20% 39% Alien vs. Predator Writer $80.3M 2004
29% 45% Screamers Screenwriter $5.1M 1995
No Score Yet 54% The Resurrected Director - 1992
38% 33% Invaders From Mars Writer $4.8M 1986
91% 79% The Return of the Living Dead Director,
- 1985
57% 45% Lifeforce Screenwriter - 1985
61% 67% Heavy Metal Writer $204.7K 1981
76% 59% Dead and Buried Screenwriter - 1981
98% 94% Alien Writer,
$81.1M 1979
78% 65% Dark Star Pinback (Character),
Film Editor,
Production Design
- 1974