Well…. after a couple of weeks of inactivity, I’m finally back and yep…. it’s time for another nostalgic filled trip back to the wondrous times and fond memories of lil’ Miyuki’s youth and another of my “Lil’ Kitten Classics” reviews. This time up we have, from 1984, the goofy classic zombie fest “Night of the Comet”.
Starring Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney as spunky teenage sisters forced to fight Zombies and evil government creeps in the aftermath of a worldwide apocalypse caused by the close passing of a comet, this one had all the goofy genre conventions needed to captivate a young zombie fan like me…
Naturally I just had to watch it….. and this time it was at the movies on the big screen! How I managed to trick my Mom into taking me and my friends one evening is a tale into itself…. Hehehehe!!
Let’s just say it’s a good thing she never really watched TV all that much…..
Anyway… lets get on with the fun! So by all means, let’s all “Read On”, shall we?
With a beginning right out of that other genre classic, “Night of the Triffids”, we start this one with a meteor shower…. the standard “Not To Be Missed Sight of the Century” type of display guaranteed to be viewed by the whole darn world… but our Heroine Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) has to miss it thanks to work. Stuck at the local theater playing usher, she’s just about guaranteed to miss the fireworks…… Her sister Sam (Kelli Maroney) isn’t having any better luck seeing the light show either….. She gets roped into spending the whole evening with her stepmother and her vapid friends. GHAAAHHH! Little do the girls know that it’s these very things that’ll save them from a terrible fate….
You see, at the peak of the amazing stellar show, the earth passes through the tail of the comet and everybody is reduced to a fine red dust…. well, most everybody anyways. The less lucky survivors are turned into Zombies…. yep, you just gotta hate that…. Seems if you weren’t sheltered in something made out of metal the radiation just cooked you but good…. A little shelter and you went Zombie…. Yes, yes, I know… it doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense, but lil’ Miyuki bought this instantly and so will you….. just roll with it.
The city is deserted…. the perfect playground for two 80’s teenagers to have some serious fun in, Zombies not withstanding. In time the two sisters find their way to a local radio station, where they discover truck driver Hector (Robert Beltran), a hunky fellow survivor who’s also running from all the zombies. Naturally they decide to hang together while looking for other fellow survivors.
But… Zombies aren’t the only problem our heroes have to contend with. Seems a group of creepy government scientists also survived and is hunting down other survivors to experiment on as they try desperately to create a cure for themselves. And naturally…. that means Regina, Sam, and Hector are in trouble.
Seems our brilliant scientist had their own deep bomb sheltery style research lab waaaay out in the desert to sit out the comet in but they forgot to close the air vents. D’ohhhh!! (Say what? Air vents? I thought it was radiation that got everybody? Ummm…. ahhhh…. errr… never mind. Little Miyuki didn’t care about this goofy plot element either. Less science and more Zombies!! Yay!!) Not to worry though… long before they turn into Zombies and then dissolve into dust they’ve got just enough time to whip up a cure by draining all the blood from those other survivors they catch and make a serum to take care of that problem. Played by Mary Woronov and Geoffrey Lewis, these guys are thoroughly creepy and you’ll just know they are the bad guys immediately….. but thankfully they’ve been snagging other survivors like the two adorable kids that our heroes will just fall in love with and want to save. Good thing Regina and Samantha’s dad was a Green Beret and taught the girls more stuff than GI Joe ought to know about automatic weapons and butt kicking….
Yes indeed, the plot for this one was simple… But that’s a definite plus here. It’s such an incredible slice of time… absolutely reeking of the 1980’s from the hairstyles and fashion to the music and pop culture references. I still can’t figure out why Eric Estrada wasn’t in this one…… Hehehehe!! If MTV and “Dawn of the Dead” had a drunken evening together, this would be their love child. Honest!
I liked this one a lot as a kid…. although the Zombie element was sorta tame, and I found it held up well. The all grown up Miyuki still likes it even today. It’s a fun lil’ film that truly captured it’s time on film and just the sort of thing kids my age loved. (Even if our parents didn’t…. )
Neko gives “Night of the Comet” a firm 4 “Meows” out of 5 for being a goofy lil’ movie that is just plain nostalgic fun from start to finish. If you haven’t seen it… you truly should. So grab a copy of the DVD today, you won’t be disappointed!
A Trailer? Naturally there’s a Trailer…. and your Favorite Catgirl Princess would never leave you hanging without one….. Enjoy!!