Director: David Twohy
Starring: Radha Mitchell, Vin Diesel, Cole Hauser, Keith David, Claudia Black
I was just watching Predator in my bedroom louder than this!
Whenever I think of Pitch Black, the quote above always enters my brain like it was yesterday. Quite possibly my worst theater going experience of all time came with seeing this film. If not the worst, it easily ranks in the top 3. Films that the reel breaks or have projection problems were better than this. The time I went and saw The Empire Strikes Back for the 3rd time and it was playing at a 45 degree angle was better.
Back in the 90s, $1 theaters started becoming a hot trend. They are still around, but nowhere near as prevalent. These would be theaters that at one time, closed, become rundown or just weren't up to snuff with the modern standards. In the early days, pretty much all of them were theaters that only housed 1-3 screens. Multiplexes were becoming a bigger deal (and back then those were just a whopping 6 screens a lot of the time). In Ft. Wayne, IN (where I grew up) one such theater was the Glenbrook (Mall) 3. Now this theater wasn't in the actual mall, it was back at the other end of the parking lot.
But now, I've got my opportunity to return. Riddick looks pretty awesome and step back to more of what Pitch Black was. I have to say, I'm excited for it. And excited to go back through this series. So...now that i've told an article's worth of a story, let's talk about Pitch Black!
I'm definitely a big fan of Sci Fi movies on a smaller scale. Little story in a larger world. And this film is more akin to Alien than anything else. Sci Fi and Horror mish mashing. Oh and that Agatha Christie style of knocking off one by one is always fun to watch as well.
Next Time: Riddick gets a little Animatrix treatment.