Of 2009's myriad dearly departed who were left out of this year's Oscar telecast's much-shorter-than-usual obituaries montage, the one that stung the most for much of the geek world was Dan O'Bannon. Over his nearly 40-year career, O'Bannon (who died of Crohn's disease last December) wrote and/or directed some of cinema's most original sci-fi and horror titles. Most were with partner Ron Shusett, as co-creator of the original Alien and co-adapter of Philip K. Dick's Total Recall, but O'Bannon's influence was far-reaching and his legacy huge among genre fans and fellow filmmakers. The American Cinematheque salutes him properly this week with a superb Dan O'Bannon Double Feature , featuring the world premiere of his director's cut of The Resurrected, the little-seen 1992 occult shocker based on an H.P. Lovecraft novella and co-starring John Terry and Chris Sarandon; and a rare archival print of his first feature, 1974's cult-favorite satire Dark Star — also the debut of O'Bannon's fellow USC alum, director John Carpenter. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Thurs., March 25, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-FILM; americancinematheque.com. –Nicole Campos
Thu., March 25, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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