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      Dan O'Bannon

      Dan O'Bannon

      Highest Rated: 98% Alien (1979)

      Lowest Rated: 22% 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.

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      Dark Star




      22% 39% Alien vs. Predator Writer $80.3M 2004
      29% 45% Screamers Screenwriter $5.1M 1995
      40% 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
      66% 67% Heavy Metal Writer $204.7K 1981
      68% 58% Dead and Buried Screenwriter - 1981
      98% 94% Alien Writer,
      $81.1M 1979
      77% 64% Dark Star Pinback (Character),
      Film Editing,
      Production Design
      - 1974