Sunday, May 27, 2012

Night of the Comet (1984)

A passing comet has turned most of the world to ash... Everyone, that is, except for two Valley Girls and a handful of freaked-out zombies that have been set loose in downtown Los Angeles! Write/Director Thom Eberhardt mixes THE OMEGA MAN and DAWN OF THE DEAD with trendy teen comedies like VALLEY GIRL from the early 80's to give us NIGHT OF THE COMET, the campy cult-classic from 1984. At the end of the world, our airheaded heroines are more concerned with doing some free shopping and fighting over the last boy on Earth than grieving over the rest of humanity. Luckily for them, Daddy taught them how to shoot a machine gun, so they can casually blast away any of the undead that happen to get in the way of their good time. Eberhardt cleverly parodies the youth culture of the time using both wit and satire, which are brought out splendidly in the performances by Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney. These two play up the ridiculousness of their characters' speech and actions while still creating a believable pair of self-absorbed sisters. Eberhardt succeeds most in delivering his vision of a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles on a budget. The use of red filters to produce a hazy radioactive fallout over the empty city streets produces a convincing overall effect. Add to that a final note of distrust in the military machine, and you have yourself a mini-Romero for a new age.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like NIGHT OF THE COMET:
NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, CHOPPER CHICKS IN ZOMBIETOWN, THE OMEGA MAN, CHOPPING MALL, DAWN OF THE DEAD.



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2 comments:

  1. I want to bugger Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney (as they were at the time "Night of the Comet" was made, not as they are now obviously).

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