At first, what appears to be just a typical late winter film release actually turns out to be a high point in genre cinema. In the year 2000, David Twohy, the screenwriter for such action films as The Fugitive, Waterworld, and G.I. Jane, cowrites and directs a science fiction and horror thriller that would go on to define not only his career but the careers of two of its lead actors, establish one of cinema’s greatest antiheroes since John Carpenter’s Snake Plissken, and build a cult following that rivals such films as Night of the Living Dead.
Pitch Black, a science fiction horror film that falls into no specific niche, has been compared to such movies as Alien, Predator, Ghost of Mars, and countless other science fiction films of years gone by. When a meteor storm forces the crash landing of a transport spacecraft on what appears to be an uninhabited desert planet, the group of survivors, including a sociopathic convict, endure the best they can with what little supplies they have. When they discover a deserted mining district, the mystery of what happened to a once thriving community turns into a nightmare.
Radha Mitchell and Vin Diesel star among a wonderful supporting cast in career defining roles. Radha Mitchell would go on to become a leading lady and one of the top scream queens of the past decade starring in such films as Surrogates, Silent Hill, and The Crazies. Vin Diesel’s performance as the antihero Riddick made him an instant superstar and one of Hollywood’s top draws at the box office. Your hosts, Mike and Philip, discuss the intricacies of the movie and how each character’s failings become observations of the ambiguity of human nature. With viewpoints of utilitarianism, pragmatism, and suspicion coming into direct conflict with morality, altruism, and self-sacrifice, Pitch Black is much more profound than the monster movie that makes it one of horror fans’ favorite films.