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Friday, February 24, 2012

Night of the Comet (1984)

Like, OMG.  Night of the Comet is pure 80's cheese in a good way.  It's a rather low-key approach to the zombie apocalypse but it's an enjoyable ride nonetheless.  The film starts with a world-wide comet party that vaporizes everyone who is outside when the comet passes to a pile of red dust.  Those lucky enough to stay inside a well sheltered building survive the initial mass killing but then find themselves face to face with a small host of zombies and a red, hazy sky.
Catherine Mary Stewart [The Last Starfighter, Weekend at Bernies] and Kelli Maroney [Chopping Mall, Fast Times at Ridgemont High] and delightful as Regina and Samantha, two sisters who are part of a handful of survivors.  I especially like Regina who is a true 80's girl; strong, self-confident, able to take down a zombie as well as make a road trip to the mall for some designer threads.  They are the heart and soul of this movie and it wouldn't work without them.
The zombie make-up is pretty good and their presence in the film brings some of the more livelier moments.  [I wish there were more of them.]  There are also a few nefarious human survivors to keep the girls on their toes.  
Night of the Comet has big hair, a classic 80's synth-driven soundtrack and zombies for good measure.  You could do a lot worse!  This film has always left me smiling.  It's a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon.  It's not really scary but it's, like, totally awesome, for sure.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. For those who enjoy the film, there's a Night of the Comet fan site at www.nightofthecomet.info

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