Pitch Black

Pitch Black

David N Twohy (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
It might start out resembling another assembly-line sci-fi saga, but this visually stunning adventure soon becomes as thrilling as it is imaginatively striking. The setting is a world with three suns, where a tri-solar eclipse allows screeching, flesh-hungry creatures to emerge from under the ground. The motley crew that must traverse this nightmare landscape is led by tough guy Vin Diesel, whose charismatic performance is pitched somewhere between Mad Max and the T-1000 from Terminator 2. With its first half sporting a brilliant desert surrealism and the second loaded with stylised gore, director David Twohy's futuristic frightener is a vivid and unique achievement. Unfortunately, director and star were not able to reproduce the same kind of magic for the big-budget sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, which was released five years later.


A spaceship crashes on a desolate alien planet inhabited by nocturnal predators. The creatures' fear of light seems to guarantee the survivors' safety - but when an eclipse takes place, they face a desperate struggle to survive. Their only hope lies with a convicted murderer, who is equally at home in the darkness - but is far from trustworthy. Sci-fi horror, starring Vin Diesel and Radha Mitchell.

Cast & Crew

Riddick Vin Diesel
Fry Radha Mitchell
Johns Cole Hauser
Imam Keith David
Jack Rhiana Griffith
Paris Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Shazza Claudia Black
Zeke John Moore
Owens Simon Burke
Director David N Twohy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Nov 2000