Night of the Comet (1984)
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“It’s the first comet to buzz the planet in 65 million years, and everyone seems to be celebrating its imminent arrival! Everyone, that is, except for Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart), and her younger sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney), two valley gals who care more about meteoric fashion trends than celestial phenomena. But upon daybreak, when the girls discover that they’re the only residents of Los Angeles whom the comet hasn’t either disintegrated or turned into a zombie, they. . . well, they go shopping! But when their day of malling threatens to become a day of the mauling, these two val gals flee with both killer zombies and blood-seeking scientists in hot pursuit!”
Director: Thom Eberhardt
Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran
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The 80’s is the only decade that could bring together cheerleaders, machine guns, pseudo-zombies, shopping spree montages, and Mary Woronov (the swinging mom from TerrorVision) as a sinister scientist out for blood. 1984’s Night of the Comet is a celebration of teen excess and apocalyptic fantasy centered around Regina Belmont—no relation to Simon Belmont of Castlevania. She’s a feathered-haired, arcade-playing, movie theater usher but really it’s her kid sister, Sam, who steals the show. Sam’s the quirky, tough, but vulnerable valley girl trying to find her place in the new world who dishes lines like “You were born with an asshole, Doris, you don’t need Chuck.” The sister dynamic throughout the events of the post-comet world feels actually relatable in a nice way that’s rarely portrayed on screen, much less in a cheesy horror movie. It feels like fast food cinema but manages to throw more than a few curve balls along the way. The cop zombies are pretty cool too.