PITCH BLACK (18)
D: David Twohy
Universal/Gramercy/Interscope (Tom Engelman)
W: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat & David Twohy
DP: David Eggby
Ed: Rick Shaine
Mus: Graeme Revell
Vin Diesel (Riddick), Radha Mitchell (Carolyn Fry), Cole Hauser (William J. Johns), Keith David (Abu Al-Walid), Lewis Fitzgerald (Paris Ogilvie)
A commercial crew marooned on a distant alien planet learn that it is inhabited by nocturnal creatures and a month-long eclipse is about to occur.
The basic premise owes a huge debt to Alien (qv), but also has enough originality to hold its own. It introduced cinema audiences with Vin Diesel's character, Riddick, a half-man, half-alien criminal who went onto his own franchise of films and the crew's best hope of survival in this one.