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Night of the Comet

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Plot

A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.2/10 (6,506 voted)

Director:
Thom Eberhardt

Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran

Storyline
Two pretty high school girls (one a cheerleader!) don't like their stepmother or her new boyfriend ("Daddy would have gotten us Uzis!"). One morning, they wake up to find that everybody in Los Angeles has been turned to dust by a Comet except them, a guy who looks like Erik Estrada, some zombies and the occupants of a secret underground government installation.

Cast:

Robert Beltran

Hector


Catherine Mary Stewart

Regina


Kelli Maroney

Samantha


Sharon Farrell

Doris


Mary Woronov

Audrey


Geoffrey Lewis

Carter


Peter Fox

Wilson


John Achorn

Oscar


Michael Bowen

Larry


Devon Ericson

Minder


Lissa Layng

Davenport


Ivan E. Roth

Willy


Janice Kawaye

Sarah


Chance Boyer

Brian


Andrew Boyer

Rogers

Taglines:
They came. They Shopped. They saved the world!

Release Date: 16 November 1984

Filming Locations: 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $3,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,580,578
(USA)
(18 November 1984)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $14,418,922
(USA)
(4 January 1985)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

When her MAC-10 jams several times Sam says "See that's the problem with these things, Daddy would have gotten us UZI's" At the time the MAC-10 had an (undeserved) reputation in popular culture for jamming and the UZI had a (well deserved) reputation for reliability.

Goofs:

Continuity:
On the morning after the comet when Regina and her boyfriend wake up in the projection booth, Regina is shown alone in the sleeping bag. It appears as though she is topless as there are no signs of her wearing a shirt or having anything over her shoulders. After a quick cut away to her boyfriend, Regina, still in the sleeping bag, can be seen wearing a "tank top" type of shirt as the shoulder straps are now visible. There was not enough time for her to put on a shirt nor did she leave the sleeping bag.

Quotes:

Sarah:
I don't know, my parents told me never to breathe anything from strangers.



User Review

What if they gave a parody and nobody came?

Rating: 10/10


Trapped in a hellish copyright limbo for over a decade, Thom
Eberhardt's "Night Of The Comet" is a film whose reputation is due for
a serious rehabilitation. Generally–and wrongly–categorized with
typical 80s teen horror films, "Comet" is in fact a smart, skillful
parody of the low-budget sci-fi horror classics of the 50s, 60s and
70s–and a wry commentary on teen culture in the 1980s as well. For
those familiar with the original films, the parody "clues" are all over
the place–not least of which is that the early part of the film takes
place in the back of LA's classically offbeat El Rey movie theatre,
which is showing low-budget B horror movies. Most of the "scary" scenes
are preceded (subtly or otherwise) by the famous "red light" warning
used commonly in the 60s and 70s. And the apocalyptic plot, settings
and dialog, especially among the scientists, are straight out of the
50s.

Catherine Mary Stewart is by far the centerpiece of the movie as
Reggie, the only teenage girl in Los Angeles who's both a lowly-paid
theatre usher and an expert with assault weapons. She is most
definitely *not* a Valley Girl. A pre-"Voyager" Robert Beltran is
Hector "date night in the barrio" Gomez, the classic b-movie hero, and
far more engaging here than his stoic, dry-as-bones role for the McTrek
franchise. Kelli Maroney brings the totally 80s camp value as Valley
Girl Samantha, who realizes with horror that her pool of potential
Izod-clad boyfriends has just shrunk dramatically. Geoffrey Lewis sheds
his mostly Western image here as the deliciously megalomaniacal leader
of the researchers, whose taste for superscience soon gives way to a
craving for hot buttered gray matter.

Eberhardt is a canny director who doesn't miss a trick–the scares are
rare, but when they come, they'll get you. The gore is minimal, but the
atmosphere of malevolence gets progressively thicker until the climax.
The tightrope between comedy and fright is skillfully toed–undead
droog stockboys, anyone? The effects may not be the digitized visual
pablum people take for granted these days, but in a way they're more
engaging for their rawness. Anyone who thinks this was a low-budget
movie has never tried to completely empty out downtown Los Angeles at 7
am for a film shoot. Thom Eberhardt should be hailed for his
brilliantly sharp, funny script and his deft execution as director.

Veteran sci-fi/indie/horror actress Mary Woronov is "Night Of The
Comet"'s direct physical and spiritual link to the golden days of the
genre. She's passing the baton here to a new generation of camp
sci-fi/horror fans. That nobody has thus far picked up that baton is a
tragedy.

To address a distressingly common misperception: the comet in question
is *not* Halley's comet. Both in-film plot elements and the film's
tagline suggest this comet only appeared once before, when it wiped out
the dinosaurs. Halley's comet, on the other hand, has had more
comebacks than Cher.

"Night Of The Comet" works pretty well the way a lot of people view
it–as a simple 80s cheesy sci-fi comedy. But as with "Rocky Horror,"
if you've seen the original material it's spoofing, the results are a
hundred times more rewarding. A future DVD release is a must.