As promised I am going to try and only review movies that I really enjoy during the last 30 days of this project. Night of the Comet just so happens to be one of my favorite films and a glorious tribute to the ‘80s to boot. I’ve said this before, but films like this one, Monster Squad and Fright Night are my John Hughes movies. Sure, I like Pretty in Pink, but if a zombie would have shanked John Cryer through the heart during his impression of Otis Redding it would have been all the more better. I don’t think I’m alone on this. Speaking of being alone now, who else loves Tiffany in cheesy Asylum flicks?
The plot centers on two valley girls, Regina (Chatherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) Belmont, who survive a comet that turned most of Earth’s residents into either red dust or zombies. The two sisters meet up with a handful of other survivors, mad scientists, and zombies while they shop, shoot and just maybe sex their way into a new era of human existence.
If there is such a thing as a perfect homage or parody, this movie would be it. Night of the Comet pays tribute in a most loving manner to the sci-fi end of the world flicks of the ‘50s and does so with razor sharp wit and laugh out loud comedy. To watch this film is to quote this film. In fact, I bet my dog is getting sick of me looking at him and repeating my favorite lines like, “Thanks, I have 23 of them.” It’s the kind of movie that is really easy to fall in love with. Heck, there is even a well ran and updated fan site for this flick. Not bad for a little horror movie made in 1984 for under a million bucks.
While the tribute to the ‘50s is ever present in the film’s plot, I personally like the ‘80s cheese that is on full display. The ‘80s are everywhere! The big hair, radical dialogue (“Bitchin’ isn’t it!”), and the Atari video game machine make me pine for a simpler time. A time when even Valley Girls were taught the correct way to use an UZI. A time when shopping during an apocalypse while dancing to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was the right thing to do. A time when people weren’t crazy, they just didn’t “give a f*ck.” A time when “DMK” made me nearly pee my pants due to severe awesomeness.
I realize that if you haven’t seen this movie then a large portion of this review doesn’t make sense. So, to sum it up: Night of the Comet deserves to be on every top 10 zombie or apocalyptic horror best list. 35MM prints of this film should be in the national library and constantly guarded by the Secret Service. When the terrorists blow up HBO and there is nothing left to watch but reruns of cake shows; the government should step in and dedicate one entire channel to showing this movie 24/7. It’s that good!
Snore Factor: Z