FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Pitch Black (director David Twohy in person!)

There’s something out there in the dark — and it’s high octane Diesel! Before xXx and the Fast and the Furious saga, there was Pitch Black, a lean, mean horror/sci fi actioner starring a soon-to-be superstar Vin Diesel in the early career-defining role of badass space thug “Riddick”. Directed by David Twohy (who’d labored in the sci-fi/horror salt mines for years with The Arrival, Warlock and Waterworld), Pitch Black marries the winning Aliens formula with the (budget-saving) hook of setting the story on a planet plunged indefinitely into darkness. It’s easy to see why the Riddick role endures: Diesel makes for a great action hero with his shaved head, copious muscles and cool, silvery eyes that allow him to see in the dark. Pitch Black’s cast is rounded out with great bit players like Cole Hauser, Rhada Mitchell and Keith David, but it’s Diesel, the snappy script and the cool hammer-headed alien beasties that really make it sing. Before delving back into the world of Riddick with the brand-new namesake blockbuster, peep the original on the big screen with us. Writer/director David Twohy in person!
Dir. David Twohy, 2000, 35mm, 110 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Pitch Black”!