It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend some quality viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Pitch Black.

A civilian transport ship crashes on an inhospitable desert planet where the survivors, including a notorious criminal called Riddick (Vin Diesel), discover that the world is about to be plunged into a month-long total eclipse, and an unknown alien threat is lurking underground. When darkness falls and a swarm of hungry flying creatures emerge from their subterranean lair, the group realise that an alliance with Riddick – who can see in the dark – is their only hope of making it out alive…

Directed by David Twohy and shot in the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, South Australia (the perfect location for a barren alien world), Pitch Black (2000) is a ripping sci-fi flick that cemented Vin Diesel’s status as an action movie icon and spawned two sequels – The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Riddick (2013). Moreover, it features one of the genre’s most nightmarish monsters, which resembles the Alien crossed with hammerhead shark and a gargoyle – and there are hundreds of them! Sound scary? It is, and so is the movie.

Four reasons why Pitch Black rocks:

1. Vin Diesel as Riddick.

2. The cool creature design.

3. The opening crash sequence.

4. Total eclipse!

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.