Night of the Comet

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Valley Girl culture satire Night of the Comet gets lots of mileage out of its slapstick sci-fi zombie approach.

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In this sharp-witted sci-fi disaster outing, a comet smashes into California leaving a pair of Valley girls and a few others alive. When the ladies finally figure out what happened, the twosome embark upon an unprecedented shopping spree, for while all humans were vaporized, their clothing was left intact.

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Critic Reviews for Night of the Comet

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (7)

  • ... a cheaply made science-fiction movie that enters the atmosphere without ever igniting.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A successful pastiche of numerous science fiction films, executed with an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek flair that compensates for its absence in originality.

    Jun 6, 2007 | Full Review…

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  • Suspecting that all this plus the cheerleaders might fail to excite, the film-makers also pack in twenty songs.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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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 | Rating: 4/5
  • [Night of the Comet] is boring, unamusing and nearly as convoluted as Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.

    Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The bastard offspring of an entire drive-in era, Night of the Comet is one of the most unique motion pictures from any age, and it's a wonder that more modern filmmakers haven't used it as a cinematic template.

    Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night of the Comet

  • Jul 10, 2016
    Minimalist zombie apocalypse finds two teenage sisters and a trucker as possibly the last humans left alive after Earth's orbit passes through the tail of a comet. There aren't many 'comet zombies' on hand either so don't expect any "Dawn of the Dead" mayhem, this is more of a character study than action movie. The characters are what make it watchable as Rachel and Samantha aren't the brightest bulbs in the box and the script humorously captures the teenage mindset with unusual accuracy. They encounter some memorably creepy stockboys at a clothing store, and while the effects look cheap the deserted city locations give a real sense of dereliction.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2012
    You know that theory where scientists believe a that a comet wiped out the dinosaurs? You probably do. Well, it looks like it's happening again! But this time, with people. That's right, people. In Night of the Comet that is exactly what happens, leaving only a few survivors. The survivors that are the main center in the story are two teenage girl's (one a cheerleader!). But wait, these girl's must also fight against...zombies! When watching this film, it is hard to tell what the main thing is going to be. Is it going to be the comet? The zombies? Or just a plain story about two girl's left on their own? It's a bit of everything. Oh, and zombies? Don't expect too many, because there aren't. In fact, there isn't too much action or excitement like the film claims to have. It's rather disappointing really. It only starts to get somewhat amusing towards the end, but that's not going to be spoiled for you, because it wouldn't be right. All that can be said is that if you are expecting a fun and thrilling horror film, this one will most likely disappoint you. So overrated.
    Emmanuel T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2011
    Earth gets an extra special Christmas present when a comet brings on the zombie apocalypse in Night of the Comet. And who better than a pair of teenage high school girls to fight off the armies of darkness? It is, perhaps, the absurdity that makes this film such a beloved cult classic. Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney are perfectly cast, and do an excellent job at capturing the lighthearted comedic undertones of this campy '80s horror/comedy. Night of the Comet is a fun adventure with thrills, scares, and laughs. "They Came. They Shopped. They Saved the World!"
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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