The Video Archives Podcast: Dark Star / Cocaine Cowboys

On the debut episode of their new The Video Archives Podcast, filmmakers & longtime friends Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary revisit the VHS collection of their previous employer, Manhattan Beach’s Video Archives movie rental store, to discuss one of Roger’s favorite films, John Carpenter & Dan O’Bannon’s science fiction comedy Dark Star, before diving into Ulli Lommel’s cult film Cocaine Cowboys.



Join Roger and Quentin as they revisit one of Roger’s favorite films, the 1974 cult classic Dark Star! Originally created by John Carpenter and Dan O’Bannon as a student film, buckle up for a ride amongst the stars as we follow a group of scientists on a mission to destroy unstable stellar bodies. Quentin and Roger discuss changing opinions from opening day, the impact the film had on future movies in the genre, and a beach ball alien.

Next, we’ll return to 1979 with Ulli Lommel’s cult film Cocaine Cowboys. A rock band is on the brink of superstardom, and all that stands in the way is a lost bag of cocaine worth two million dollars. Starring Jack Palance, Tom Sullivan, Suzanna Love, and…Andy Warhol? Quentin and Roger reveal the truth behind the scenes, Andy Warhol’s influences, a Pierre Trudeau connection, and how this true story made it onto the big screen.

Learn more about the show at, and follow us on Twitter @VideoArchives. You can also write us a question by sending a letter to The Video Archives Podcast, c/o Earwolf Media, PO Box 66, 5551 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028.

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