Dark Star | June 27 - July 7, 2024 | Cult Films at Mad Arts

  • June 27 - July 7, 2024
  • Mad Arts

    481 South Federal Highway
    Dania Beach, Florida 33004
Ticket Price $16.90-$37.95 This event is now over

Dark Star is part of Cult Films at Mad Arts, a weekly showcase of experimental movies that are too raw, weird, experimental, or transgressive for a general audience, but have a celebrated, or infamous reputation among film enthusiasts. This curated selection showcases films that defined genres and pioneered new techniques in filmmaking. These films straddle the line between art and film, in the sense that they were made to satisfy something other than ticket sales.

All Cult Films at Mad Arts are recommended for an 18 + audience. Each movie runs on a 2-week cycle with 10 showings. 

Dark Star

John Carpenter, USA, 1974, Shout! Factory, Cult

This outrageously unique sci-fi head trip was the debut feature from genre film emperor John Carpenter. The film originally began as a 45-minute student film project by Carpenter and collaborator Dan O'Bannon (Alien, The Return of the Living Dead) that was eventually expanded into a full-length feature. The film takes place on the deep-space cruiser Dark Star, where a crew of stoned astronauts (including O’Bannon himself) are assigned the task of blowing up planets with unsuitable life forms in order to make the universe safe for the human race. The leader is Commander Powell (Joe Sanders), who’s cryogenically frozen after being killed in a freak accident. Next in line is Doolittle (Brian Narelle) who tries to keep the rest of the crew in check, which — due to the onset of alien creatures and intergalactic existential hysteria — is a much tougher job than expected. Watch the trailer: YouTube

“One of the damnedest science fiction movies I've ever seen.” — Roger Ebert, American Film Critic

Ticket Types/Prices

  • VIP Pass (Museum admission, guided tour, film ticket with premium seating) – $34.99
  • Film-Only Pass (Museum admission is not included) – $14.99


  • Thursday, 6/27 at 6 PM
  • Friday, 6/28 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, 6/29 at 7 PM
  • Sunday, 6/30 at 2 PM and 5 PM 
  • Thursday, 7/4 at 6 PM
  • Friday, 7/5 at 7 PM
  • Saturday, 7/6 at 7 PM
  • Sunday, 7/7 at 2 PM and 5 PM
Date & Time

Jun 27 - Jul 7, 2024

Venue Details

Mad Arts

481 South Federal Highway
Dania Beach, Florida 33004 Mad Arts