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Night of the Comet (1984)

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In this satirical sci-fi comedy, Samantha (Kelli Maroney) and Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) are two sisters whose father was a hard-bitten Green Beret, but who've grown into typical Valley Girls. They end up spending the night in a steel-lined room just as a comet passes close to the earth, vaporizing the people in its wake. When Samantha and Regina emerge, they discover that they have the city to themselves, and they begin the shopping spree to end all shopping sprees. En route to the mall,

Mar 6, 2007

Paramount Pictures

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A successful pastiche of numerous science fiction films, executed with an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek flair that compensates for its absence in originality.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Suspecting that all this plus the cheerleaders might fail to excite, the film-makers also pack in twenty songs.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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A good-natured, end-of- the-world B-movie, written and directed by Thom Eberhardt, a new film maker whose sense of humor augments rather than upstages the mechanics of the melodrama.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There's no question Night of the Comet was made in the 1980s, and that's a positive for people who have enjoyed similarly silly sci-fi flicks like Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Creeps and other delightfully airy efforts from that decade.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

crap that is fondly remembered and best left at that.

February 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

When most of the people of the Earth are dehydrated into pink dust, will girls still just want to have fun? 'Night of the Comet' answers that question in the affirmative, with a flourish of candy colors, short skirts, MTV beats & 'teenage comet zombies.'

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It feels like an homage to everything, as its likable heroines slowly wander through a movie wasteland filled with familiar landmarks

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Night of the Comet is that rare movie that's effective as both a science-fiction movie and a parody of a science-fiction movie.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A superb apocalyptic tale that's surpassed its decade trappings.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Parodies the 1950's sci-fi zombie flicks.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What really makes Night Of The Comet such a joy isn't the nostalgia rush it provides, but the two central characters. These girls just get on with it, dealing with the apocalypse with resourcefulness, crackerjack wit, and machine guns.

August 31, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

An ingenious, rather enchanting Reagan-era museum piece

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

A terrifically witty, refreshingly unpretentious science-fiction film with the least likely and most likable heroines in memory.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

his endearingly hokey low-budget B-movie comes with a high nostalgia factor from the Reagan era

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Excellent and tasty B-movie psuedo-zombie goodness.

November 5, 2004
Needcoffee.com

A glorious B-movie that requires a certain amount of appreciation of the genre if you're really going to enjoy it.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Campy end of the world movie. Funny in places, but I'd rather see a serious "comet" movie.

March 18, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Entertaining little exploitation flick

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Night of the Comet

Campy cult classic that combines post-apocalyptic drama with flesh eating zombies and parachute pants.
April 7, 2012
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Average tongue in cheek Sci Fi horror comedy, Night of the Comet is an underrated gem for 80's low-budget cinema. Night of the Comet may not be the best horror film of the 80's, nonetheless it's still worth your time. The concept is fairly simple, a comet flies by Earth killing everyone aside for a few survivors. They go on a shopping spree, but they come face to face with Zombies, crazy criminals and mad scientists bent on survival. Night of the Comet is really a blend of different styles of horror. The question is, does it work? Yes, it does. But the film does struggle at times at delivering something effective. Despite the uneven script, Night of the Comet is still a fun cheesy sci fi horror comedy that will please fans of 80's horror flicks. Sure the film won't win any prizes, but if you're one of those horror fans that enjoy cheesy horror at its finest, then look no further than Night of the Comet. The film has the necessary elements to make it an enjoyable film, but there's some on-screen material that does fall flat. Despite this, director Thom Eberhardt crafts a good film that will appeal to cheesy horror film fans. Night of the Comet is flawed but loads of fun. If you're a die-hard horror fan and want to spend a night with friends and watch something that's pure cheese, then this is the type of film for you to watch. The plot may be ridiculous, but that goes for every type of film of this caliber. Night of the Comet along with Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Motel Hell is probably one of best examples of good cheesy horror. Don't pass up on this one.
March 21, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A teen version of the apocalypse, that's what this is, which may sound bad, but it's so bad it's good. I really liked this movie, and I highly recommend it.
January 17, 2011
ajv2688

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"Hey, I'm sorry if the end of the world makes me a little nervous."

A lot of 80's movies just have this unique combination of camp and seriousness that I've never seen in flicks from any other era. Sometimes that combination results in a pretty good movie, sometimes it results in something that's hilariously (and enjoyably) bad, and occasionally the result is an unwatchable mess. I'd say that Night of the Comet is somewhere between the latter two categories. It certainly isn't good, but it had some moments that kept it from being a complete waste of my time.

The story is amazingly cheesy. A comet approaches the earth (it's implied that the last time it came through, it was responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs). As our planet passes through the comet's tail, the people exposed to it are instantly turned to red dust, or turned into zombies, or they'll eventually turn into red dust. Unless they happen to be enclosed in a steel building as it goes by, like our protagonists are. A pair of teenage sisters find themselves seemingly all alone in Los Angeles the next morning, but they eventually meet both allies and enemies in this empty new world.

Let's see, there are also evil scientists who want the blood of one of the girls for a vaccine to save themselves (we know they're evil because they wear dark glasses ALL THE TIME), a gang of evil, gun-toting zombies (we know they're evil because they wear dark glasses ALL THE TIME), a random trucker who joins up with the sisters, a bunch of guns and dynamite that comes from somewhere, the obligatory arcade scenes that legally had to be in any movies featuring teenagers in the 80's, and the required cheesy 80's soundtrack. There's your movie.

I didn't think Night of the Comet was that bad, though it never ascended to the heights of campiness that I hoped to see. The girls are cute in that spandex and heavy makeup kind of way, and once they get their hands on some weapons, the movie virtually turns into Rambo by way of Jem. If you happen to catch this on tv and would like a reminder of how random 80's movies could be, give it a shot.
November 24, 2010
lewiskendell

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    1. Samantha: Great car.
    2. DMK: Thanks, I have twenty three of them. Would you like to go for a ride?
    3. Samantha: More than you know.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (14 months ago)
    1. Samantha: You're not going to blame me because the phone went dead, I'm not the phone company. Nobody is the phone company anymore!
    – Submitted by Kevin R (14 months ago)
    1. Samantha: Muffy? Stupid dog.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (14 months ago)
    1. Samantha: I can't get anybody on the phone.
    2. Regina: Sammi, you can't get anybody on the phone because everybody's gone. They're all gone.
    3. Samantha: What? Can you grab the milk please?
    – Submitted by Kevin R (14 months ago)
    1. Regina: Whoa, what is this, trick or treat?
    2. Monster in Alley: Come here!
    3. Regina: Come here your ass.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (14 months ago)
    1. Regina: The MAC-10 submachine gun was practically designed for housewives.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
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