epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Movie Review: Night of the Comet (1984)

A classic b-movie. The ominous opening narration explains the plot set-up: “Since before recorded time it had swung through the universe in an elliptical orbit so large that its very existence remained a secret of time and space. But now in the last few years of the 20th Century, the visitor was returning...Scientists predicted a lightshow of stellar proportions. Something not seen on Earth for 65 million years. Indeed not since the time the dinosaurs disappeared, virtually overnight. There were a few who saw this as more than just a coincidence. But most didn’t.”

Regina and her perm, her sister Samantha who has a squeaky voice and is apparently colour blind are two of the few survivors when the tail of the comet reduces the human race (and their evil stepmother Doris and their dog) to piles of red dust. How can the tail of a comet turn people into calcium dust? How did steel protect the survivors from the comet?

Regina’s idiot boytoy Larry survived the comet but is promptly killed by a comet zombie. Regina soon forgets all bout Larry when Hector (Robert Beltran of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’) shows up. Nobody asks why the electricity is still working or how they’ll survive long term now the human race is all but extinct, all they are care about is who gets Hector.

This has nice music and some ominous moments. Then evil scientists in ugly jumpsuits show up hunting down survivors for their blood. There’s an unnecessary dream sequence. Samantha and Regina take a break from fighting over Hector to go shopping as a bad cover version of ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ plays. Then some annoying comet zombies show up trying to do an impression of Nic Cage munching the furniture and failing.

The second half of this film isn’t as good as the first; still you’d need a heart of anthracite to resist this as a motley crew of survivors plan to rebuild civilization while wearing hideous 1980’s attire. This is good.
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