February 9th, 2011: Night of the Comet (1984)

Cast and Crew:  Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Geoffrey Lewis, Michael Bowen

What It’s About: Earth passes through the tail of a comet, reducing everyone not enclosed by steel walls (?) into red dust.  Those partly exposed begin transforming into zombies.  Can sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find other survivors and stay alive?

Why Watch it Today?: Halley’s comet came closest to the Earth today in 1987, although there was much less paranoia than when it appeared at the turn of the 20th century.  Night of the Comet is a surprisingly amusing tongue-in-cheek handling of the “Last People On Earth” sub-genre of films.  The main characters are probably the only Valley Girl/mall walker types to head up a group of survivors in a post-apocalypse film, and the film manages to tread the fine line between outright comedy and a functional example of the sub-genre.

Where to Get It:  Netflix (rental only) orAmazon


2 comments on “February 9th, 2011: Night of the Comet (1984)

  1. eddoctorwho says:

    The real star of this one is Beltran’s massive noggin.

    • professormortis says:

      Without the charisma of a Chuck Norris (ahem) or a Kate Mulgrew (ahem ahem) to distract, yes, Beltran’s noggin takes control of the film

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