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Dan O'Bannon

Highest Rated:   97% Alien (1979)
Lowest Rated:   30% Screamers (1996)
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St. Louis-born Dan O'Bannon made his first -- and arguably greatest impact to date -- as a screenwriter, on Alien (1979). But as a film student in southern California, he also made a major contribution as an actor/co-author/editor/special effects man on John Carpenter's first movie Dark Star (1974), a spoof of science fiction that became a major underground hit during the '70s and '80s. With two such credits under his belt and a predilection for such subject matter, O'Bannon has been a major force in science fiction and horror movies ever since. His screenplays have ranged from the eerie horror outing Dead and Buried (1981) to the action hit Blue Thunder (1983), and the compelling Lifeforce (1985), as well as Invaders from Mars (1986), both directed by Tobe Hooper, and the 1990 megahit Total Recall. His record is a somewhat mixed one, as Lifeforce, adapted from the work of Colin Wilson, is usually (and unfairly) regarded as a confusing failure, while Total Recall, based on the work of Philip K. Dick, was a major success in reaching mass audiences. As a director, O'Bannon also scored a good-sized hit with Return of the Living Dead (1985), one of the sequels to George Romero and John Russo's Night of the Living Dead.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bleeders
  • Screenwriter
1997
30% Screamers
  • Screenwriter
1996
46% Alien3
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet The Resurrected
  • Director
1991
82% Total Recall
  • Screenwriter
1990
36% Invaders from Mars
  • Screenwriter
1986
91% The Return of the Living Dead
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
67% Lifeforce
  • Screenwriter
1985
84% Blue Thunder
  • Screenwriter
1983
57% Heavy Metal
  • Screenwriter
1981
73% Dead and Buried
  • Screenwriter
1981
97% Alien
  • Screenwriter
1979
79% Dark Star
  • Pinback
  • Screenwriter
1974

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