Night of the Comet (1984) Review: LA at World’s End
“The last time it came, the dinosaurs disappeared.”
Synopsis: A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.
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Despite a high number of horror elements, Night of the Comet feels more like an ’80s teen movie than an ’80s horror movie. Even with the post-apocalyptic world, mutant thugs, and mad scientists, the tone is still fairly upbeat, and sisters Regina and Samantha spend about as much time discussing boys as they do the end of the world.
What that means for the movie is mostly that it’s fun. Night of the Comet could easily have been depressing or a horrible commentary on the human condition – but instead, the focus is more on the resilience of the human spirit. After all the horror they’ve endured, the sisters still try to keep things normal. They play, explore, dish about Hector (Robert Beltran), and shoot guns (which is normal for them).
An additional bonus to Night of the Comet is despite its ’80s teen flick leanings, the characters aren’t simply stereotypes. Refreshingly, older sister Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) is allowed to have casual relationships and still be a well-rounded, responsible person. Little sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney) may be a bubbly cheerleader, but she’s also daring and determined. Both sisters were also trained in hand-to-hand combat and weapons use by their special forces dad, which adds a whole level of awesome to the mix.
All in all, Night of the Comet is a fun (if not super deep) look at the end of the world. Some of the content is a little mature for younger audiences, but it has the distinction of a horror setting and horror elements without being too terrifying for the novice or family viewer. This one’s a good addition to your movie lineup when you want something to reaffirm your positive outlook on life.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: B
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