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The 50 Greatest American Independent Movies
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The 50 Greatest American Independent Movies | 41. Pitch Black (2000)
41. Pitch Black (2000)

Director: David Twohy

As this low-budget sci-fi opens we see passengers of a spacecraft in suspended animation and Vin Diesel’s granite voiceover explains: “They say most of your brain shuts down in cryosleep. All but the primitive side… (pause)… The Animal Side… (longer pause)… No wonder I’m still awake.” Happily, the rest of David Twohy’s stylish sci-fi horror-thriller lives up to this enticing hook – only without a mega budget or wall-to-wall CGI. The plot is familiar yet tantalising: we follow the ragtag bunch as they crash on a three sun-bleached planet full of vicious, light-repelled creatures - just as a rare eclipse is about to occur. The un-famous ensemble ups the tension as we have no idea who’ll cark it next, while Diesel is a growling hulk of presence in his breakthrough. Taut, lean and suspenseful, it’s everything that empty follow-up The Chronicles Of Riddick wasn’t. 

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1 Love it but...
Great list and of course there is no way to fit in more in a list of just 50. I'm missing Badlands on this one. It's a masterpiece and probably Malick's best. More

Posted by scparegien on Tuesday August 20, 2013, 15:55

2 No documentaries?
Great list, but would have liked some documentaries on the list. Fantastic with inclusion of 'In Search of a Midnight Kiss', but would have liked to see 'Zero Day' (http://indiemondo.com/zero-day/) on the list as well. More

Posted by indiemondo.com on Saturday June 15, 2013, 19:23

3 Great Feature Film Shot On DSLR
Hot New Indie Film "STEEL CHAMBER" (Suspense/Thriller) You Can Play A Major Role In Its Success! Watch Trailer: http://tinyurl.com/SteelChamberMovie Get Behind This Indie Film! More

Posted by bobbywash on Monday April 15, 2013, 07:15

4 RE: I booked Christopher Cross
Support for that? More

Posted by elab49 on Monday April 1, 2013, 10:09

5 I booked Christopher Cross
A great list, but most of these are unavailable to stream on Netflix. This is quite lame. It's time for these studios and distributors to ante up and accept the fact that most people are not going to purchase DVD's anymore. More

Posted by TikiMan on Sunday March 31, 2013, 05:02

6 The best of the best is not on this list
I've seen the vast majority of the movies on this list, and I agree that they all belong on the list. But, in my opinion the best independent movie of all time is: Special (2006). More

Posted by jay.baker on Sunday January 20, 2013, 03:53

7 What the hell?
Most of the list was correct, but the fact you forgot Halloween is amazing. That had a very low budget and it helped pave the way for other horror indies (like the Last House On the Left, or Friday the 13th). More

Posted by RicoDiGiorgio on Friday November 23, 2012, 17:21

8 RE:
Fine list which makes makes me want to watch a lot of those films. One MAJOR flaw to the list which is I think is a crime: Where the hell is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? More

Posted by R W on Monday July 4, 2011, 13:13

9 RE: The 50 Greatest American Independent Movies
A well-considered list; although I'm sure many will question why their favourites etc aren't on there. With this in mind, here's a cursory handful worth looking into if the American Indie list there gets anyone interested: The Living End (Gregg Araki) Gummo (Harmony Korine) Ken Park (Larry Clark) More

Posted by Keyser_So_So on Monday July 4, 2011, 01:32

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