Night Of The Comet (1984)
Directed by Thom Eberhardt
Catherine Mary Stewart
Running time: 95 minutes
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive.
First of all, I know I promised “Zombie Fridays” through October but I’ve had to change my schedule slightly so may not manage that. I’ll try. Night Of The Comet is KIND OF a zombie movie! Second of all, I should point out that CPD Classics are simply some of my all-time favorite movies or movies I just feel deserve more attention. Not all of them will necessarily be “good” but they’re all special to me (like Hardware!). Night Of The Comet won’t be for everyone but I grew up with it and it’ll always make me think of my early teens and make me feel all nostalgic.
Why It’s A CPD Classic:
Night Of The Comet is part of the post-apocalyptic genre that I adore. I did a list of My Top Ten Post-Apocalyptic Movies HERE and gave this an honorable mention. I think that’s back when I wanted you all to take me seriously but, if I’m honest, this would be in my Top Ten. This is certainly one of the movies most responsible for my fascination with this genre.
So, as the above plot synopsis says, a comet wipes out pretty much everyone on Earth besides the two sisters in this film and a small group of scientists who were the only ones smart enough to worry about the comet and took shelter. Oh, and it also turned some people with limited exposure to the comet into “zombies”. See? Zombies! (Don’t go expecting a full-on zombie movie, though – there are only a few of them!)
There truly aren’t many survivors in this movie and I was always quite fascinated with how desolate it is (think Will Smith in I Am Legend or Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later). These two girls are left roaming around these silent big city streets and there’s not a soul in sight (except for a couple of those zombies). They first go to this great massively 80’s-looking radio station as they figure there may be survivors there since the station is still on the air. Then, and this is my FAVORITE bit, they realize they can go to THE MALL and take whatever they want since everyone is dead! So we get this great 80’s montage where the sisters, seemingly not too terribly bothered about the planet being wiped out, go on a fun little shopping spree and try on loads of clothes. I LOVE IT. Now, I’ve never been a girly girl but I first saw this when I was 12 or 13 and I think a small part of me wished for a similar scenario in real life so I, too, could go on a post-apocalyptic shopping spree. Is that fucked up?? Lol. Screw that shopping spree in Pretty Woman (where Julia Roberts shows those snobby bitches that she’s not just a slut, she’s a slut with MONEY!). Night Of The Comet has THE best cinematic girly shopping spree.
Now, onto the characters… The little sister is played by Kelli Maroney and, when I used to watch this all the time, I found her character a little annoying. I actually did re-watch this for the first time in years the other day and liked her much more. She’s just very “young” and she’s meant to be the less mature one who kind of needs to be taken care of by her older sister. It’s quite cute how the only thing she cares about with everyone dead is the fact that she may never have another boyfriend plus I have a soft spot for her as she was also in Fast Times At Ridgemont High and the awesomely bad (but I love it anyway) Chopping Mall.
Probably the MAIN reason I liked Night Of The Comet so much, however, was because of the older sister (played by the lovely Catherine Mary Stewart). She’s COOL. There are a few (mostly obscure) actresses I wanted to “be” as a young teen. Regulars here will already know how much I loved Elisabeth Shue in Adventures In Babysitting. I also had a thing for Meredith Salenger (most her movies were crap but I wanted to look like her) and Tammy Lauren (a prize to the first person who can name something she’s been in without looking her up! she’s going to be in another review of mine this month). Then there was Catherine Mary Stewart in THIS. First of all, she works at a movie theater which I thought was pretty cool. She’s wearing this dumb uniform at the beginning but manages to look awesome in it. She’s also screwing the projectionist, which is super cool (yeah – I think it would kick ass to make out in that little room while a movie is playing). Hell, it’s what saves her life as she’s not outside when the comet appears!
Let’s see… She’s also amazing at playing video games (she’s super pissed off that some new initials have emerged in amongst all her high scores on the video game at the movie theater where she works). Oh! And… She’s good at fighting off zombies and is really good with a gun as the girls’ father was in the military or something and taught them both how to shoot (now very convenient for these comet-apocalypse girls!). Finally, she wears the coolest 80’s clothes and is of course totally attractive.
Wow. I hope none of you actually read any of that above – it sounds like I was a massive geek! Well, all kids are geeks at that age, right? This is the first CPD Classic that I actually re-watched before writing my review as I hadn’t seen it in a long time. I already knew it wasn’t that “good” so was expecting it to be horribly dated now. You know what? It’s better than I remember. I can’t say anyone watching this for the first time now is going to love it unless they love 80’s movies (and this is VERY 80’s) but it’s a fun film and has a very “cult classic” feel to it now. There are plenty of 80’s films I still adore even though I will readily admit that they’ve not aged well but I was very surprised to find that, after re-watching Night Of The Comet, it’s actually gone up in my estimation. Worth a watch for lovers of the 80’s, anything post-apocalyptic, zombies, video games, girls dressed as cheerleaders while shooting guns, no thorough plot explanations, and shopping.
My Rating: 8/10
I remember this from when I was a kid. I recall enjoying it then, but have no clue as to what I’d think of it now. do u think I should give it another shot?
Thanks! 🙂 Umm…. Yes! Give it another shot. I love it. I think you’ll at least like it more than you liked Hardware. 😉
hope so 🙂
….for your sake it better be 🙂
finally rewatched it…and yes, it’s much better than hardware. (what isn’t) 🙂 Very 80’s and part of me wishes that I was more nostalgic for it because it just feels ok instead of amazing
It’s certainly not amazing. 😉 I just love it! 🙂
Nostalgia I guess. I did like it tho 😉
You may have wanted to be Regina but you look just like Samantha.
The zombies in this movie are kind of liked a cross between zombies and vampires.
HEY! Dammit. Yeah, maybe a little… I had a similar 80’s perm & pretty much the exact same cheerleading outfit but in different colors. TMI?? 😉 These are like the shittiest zombie vampires ever but the movie still rules.
You know what??? I’ve never seen this one…. One of my old girlfriends was obsessed with this thing but I never watched it.
Remind me some time when I’m at home and I’ll go queue it up BASED ON THIS POST : )
P.S. You’re NOT my ex girlfriend are you??????
For crying out loud! THIS is why I broke up with you. You were always forgetting things like Valentine’s Day and our anniversaries and now you can’t even remember ME! Grrr. Men!!!
I’ll remind you. As in, I’ll pester the hell out of you!!! 😉
You won’t like it, though. Just so you know…
I watch a lot of things I don’t like so I’ll give it a shot : )
Ha ha. How have I not seen this movie??
I don’t know! You should fix that. 🙂
It is a fun flick, and even better that it is set in the 80’s. Of all the teen girl movies my sister made me watch. I wish that she would have picked this one. I may haft to show her this.
It IS a fun one. I should have been your sister! Lol. Definitely show her this one. 🙂
I’ve never even heard of this one.
Abbi! Another late reply, but… You should check this one out for some 80’s cheesy goodness. 🙂
Please stop talking about Hardware, no one wants to watch it!
I love the sound of this – I am Legend with teenage girls. I want to see it now
I will NEVER shut up about Hardware!!!!! 😉 You might like Night Of The Comet. I’ll let you watch it but only if you watch Hardware as well……
This is awesome mutant. lol I chuckled the whole way through that’s because I am a nerd too. I would totally love to be at the mall while a zombie apocalypse went down. Hell yeah! Also, totally had a set of actresses I totally wanted to be when I was a kid, my main one Alyssa Milano. HAHA I used to write it in my notes and put that down as my name. What a nerd! I also always wanted to work at a movie theater and omg making out in the projection room, that is like a dream come true for people like us. hahahaha!!!!!
Melissa! I missed this comment. 🙂 Have you SEEN this?? You need to! We SO grew up with the same stuff – Alyssa Milano was in all the teen magazines I used to buy. Along with The Two Coreys! 😉 Man I want to make-out with a projectionist….. Lol!
HAHA For sure I need to see this! Oh yes the 2 Coreys how cool were they?! Hahaha And yes I pictured the projectionist a little older like17-18 super old. lol
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This one sounds fun!! I must watch!! Gotta love a nice, kickass ’80s lady. 😀 Great review!!
Thanks! I think you’d find this one a little boring as you’re a young ‘un. Lol. I’m still all proud that these two actresses follow me on Twitter now. That kicks ass!!! Hehe 🙂
You are basically a Twitter superstar. 😉
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This looks like something I could watch on Friday….
Ohhh. Do it! I’d love to know what you think. Although, I admit it’s definitely NOT for everyone… Lol. 🙂 And it’s not scary at all if you’re looking for a “scary” Halloween film. It’s really more of a teen movie but I love it as I grew up with it. 🙂
I love “scary” movies so I think I’m gonna love it 🙂
Check out the fan site at http://www.nightofthecomet.info
I have, actually! Love it. This film deserves more attention! 🙂
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