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Night of the Comet Reviews

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½ December 6, 2014
This was and still is one of my favorite childhood films of the 80s, which made is why it was even more exciting when I read that Joss Whedon has cited this film as a big influence for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A comet passes by earth and turns most of the human population into red dust (a few are turned into zombie mutants). Catherine Mary Stewart, of "The Last Straighter" fame, and her sister Kelli Maroney wake up after the comet has passed to an empty Los Angeles and then proceed to do what most 1980s teenagers would do. They go to the radio station and spin records. They go to the mall. They shoot stuff up with guns. Therein lies the charm of this film, that it's a teenage fantasy version of the end-of-the-world and it works quite well on that level. There are some bad guys along the way, though my favorites are the stock boys at the mall. "Why, just a few days ago,we were only stock boys. Now we own the store." The film's color palate and production designs really pop in a fun way, and the soundtrack is deliciously 80s. The film came at the tail end of 70s/80s apocalyptic end-of-the-world films like "The Omega Man" and "Dawn of the Dead" but it's the only one that I can remember actually being fun. Most all of these film were either social polemics like "Soylent Green" or "Logan's Run" or they were evolving into grim warriors of the wasteland stories like "The Road Warrior" or "Escape from New York." That's not a bad a thing and some of those are my all-time favorite genre films, but this one stands out as something unique among these films. Thom Eberhardt wrote and directed this film and sadly never made anything else all that memorable outside of the underrated "Without a Clue" (unless you're a fan of "Captain Ron" that is). Overall, this is a wildly fun film, though I will admit that childhood nostalgia may be a factor in my love of this film.
½ November 17, 2014
An interesting idea with nods to classic sci fi - imagine Dawn of the Dead crossed with Bill and Ted - with a surprisingly downbeat message
August 26, 2014
Solid scifi B-movie with some interesting riffs, even if they aren't all successful. It's an interesting script that feels like it could have been more with a rewrite or two. Feels like a slight predecessor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also liked the super 80's cheese.
August 15, 2014
I watched this film with a couple buddys of mine, and I was the only one out of all of us that liked it. I dint think I would like it but I really did. There's something bizarre about 80's B films that I just love.
August 7, 2014
Decent Sci-Fi comedy. Major twitch off the cheer leader. The final shot cracked me up. Quality.
½ July 22, 2014
It's valley girls vs. zombies and evil scientists tonight on Schlock Wars--It's, like, the end of the world and I don't have anything to wear; Totally awesome, for sure..!!
½ June 14, 2014
Estreado no mesmo ano que "Repo Man", "Night of the Comet" aproveita uma série de referências sci-fi e a distopia de "1984" da mesma maneira destrambelhada que o filme punk de Alex Cox. Em ambos o mundo (sintetizado em Los Angeles) parece mais ou menos condenado à estupidificação total, que por sua vez não ajuda nada a que a raça humana evite a extinção por sua própria culpa. Aqui, tal como na canção dos Bad Religion, as pessoas SÓ vão morrer por causa da sua arrogância. Mas a salvação está em duas Valley Girls que, apesar da arrogância e do fraquinho pelo consumismo, não deixam de ser miúdas só porque o mundo está a acabar e os únicos sobreviventes são zombies muito maus. "Night of the Comet" é assim uma espécie de "The Omega Man" com sabrinas nos pés. É também um exemplo precioso da falta de pretensão dos filmes dos anos 80.
½ April 9, 2014
This was a fun movie about a cosmic storm that turns everyone that looked at it into dust or into zombies.
Two sisters and a guy they meet survive and make contact with a group that had prepared for the event.
This was a very original concept and is a great mix of horror, sci-fi and comedy.
March 28, 2014
A pretty cool 80s horror comedy about two badass teenage girls. Might be missing a spark of some of the better horror comedy flicks, but pretty damn entertaining nonetheless. More comedy than horror. CHECK IT OUT
½ March 27, 2014
Despite an intriguing premise it fails to be much more than a mediocre horror comedy.
½ March 22, 2014
I enjoyed the concept of a comet wiping out the whole LA (and I think America or world?), and two teeny bopper females being the few to survive out of very few. I'm not sure what they did, but considering how lower budget it is, they really make LA look like an abandoned wasteland, so props on the art direction here. The action delivers too, but I'm not sure if this movie's clever or downright stupid at some points? The girls are clever but so damn dim-witted to the point where it's a little annoying. Still, it's a little cheesy but there's a little fun to be had. As far as post-apocalyptic movies go though, it's barely original. but it's got enough "camp" I suppose?
½ March 15, 2014
Less graphic given the PG-13 rating, Night Of The Comet succeeds with flair with its mix of humor and scifi and a great female lead performance by Catherine Mary Stewart.
February 19, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

(1984) Night Of The Comet

Written and directed by Thom Eberhardt directing a movie that almost has no plot whatsoever, full of 1980's music throughout, but it does consist of a unique set up with remnants that is similar to George Romero's original "Dawn Of The Dead" and "The Omega Man" movies. It starts out with crowds of people gathering for the sighting of an expected 'comet' hitting the earth- similar to Haley's comet. The star Catherine Mary Stewart as Regina bickering with her step mother through the phone in a movie theatre where all she want to do is stay behind so that she can make out with her boyfriend in a confined room. And the next thing you know, the assumed unthreatened comet ends up wiping out much of the entire population, turning much of them into dust, while others are infected by radiation. Viewers are not shown the devastation, and is only assumed until after Regina is starting to discover it herself. She becomes a little frantic wandering whether or not anyone else had made it too, particularly her sister, Samantha (Kelli Maroney). She does, and they end up being the only survivors on that particular city, until they go straight to a radio station is where they meet a trucker named Hector, played by Robert Beltran.

All I can say is that out of many zombie movies, this is probably the most subtleness zombie movie anyone has ever saw, since much of the movie consists of the characters fighting amongst each other- and not so much about them going against the zombies- as a matter of fact, they're not very zombies at all for these ones seem to disintegrate by themselves, and that they need the transfer of human blood to keep them alive. Now, while I love the superficial ending, I don't care too much about the soundtrack.

2.5 out of 4 stars
January 29, 2014
One of the under-seen genre gems of the 1980s, NIGHT OF THE COMET is a lot of fun, a prime cut slice of B-movie entertainment which puts a fresh (for the time) spin on the tired tropes of the zombie film. A love of sci-fi/horror movies is very much in evidence throughout, and the film takes itself just seriously enough to avoid tipping over into farce or spoof territory; still, those seeking a hardcore exercise in terror are apt to be disappointed, as the movie is far more concerned with being fun than being scary. The script is inventive and clever, and it takes some narrative turns that I doubt many people would be able to see coming, which is just another way of saying that it's more involved than your typical quote-unquote "zombie film" usually is; indeed, the actual plot ends up being a bit too convoluted for its own good, but that adds an extra element of charm to the whole thing, in my opinion. It's also worth noting that having the two leads be teenage sisters gives the movie an interesting and unique vibe, as sci-fi/horror films (particularly those with a somewhat fun or comedic edge) are often male-centric; Stewart and Maroney are great as the sisters, and they bring a real sense of energy to their relationship that - again - sets the film apart from others of this ilk. The whole thing is very, very '80s, but that's part of the appeal, and for those so inclined, it's a pretty darn entertaining package.
January 17, 2014
Still holds up, still 80s as hell.
January 15, 2014
One of the best post apocalyptic zombie movies ever made and another cheesy 80's classic
January 2, 2014
Fun and satirical apocalyptic little B-movie.
½ December 27, 2013
Night of the Comet may come off as a cheap, trashy 80's horror/science fiction movie (and in some ways, I guess it is), but it's actually made with a lot more care and is much more interesting than a lot of movies like it. I got a real John Carpenter vibe from this movie too, especially from films like They Live and Assault on Precinct 13, but I don't think it was intentionally going for any one style. The film is basically about a couple of valley girls who are two of the only survivors left on Earth after a meteor passes by and either wipes out or makes mindless zombies out of the human race. I'm glad that they didn't push the valley girl thing too far, because I would have quickly shut the movie off if that were the case. The characters feel real enough, the special effects are good and the story has some nice twists and turns. It's not altogether perfect, as it does tend to have a slow pace that probably wasn't necessary, but overall, the movie can be a lot of fun, especially if you're a horror fan or even a science fiction fan. Do check it out.
December 27, 2013
This is one of those cheesy B-movies that are so bad that it is least for a little while. As the film goes on it becomes more and more of a chore to watch. For a 95 minute running time, it feels so much longer! There are a few laughs to be had...but not enough.
December 21, 2013
Fun and satirical apocalyptic little B-movie.
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