Night of the Comet (1984)

Written and directed by Thom Eberhardt. Starring Robert Beltran, Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Mary Woronov and Geoffrey Lewis.

Plot: a comet wipes out most of Earth leaving two sisters to defend themselves against zombies and crazed people.

The Earth is passing through the tail of a comet, which in this movie was a big enough event to have wiped out the dinosaurs. 11 days before Christmas, scientists gather in an underground bunker and millions of stupid people party outside to watch the comet, swearing that it will do them no harm. But when it comes, a lot of harm is done as most people turn to red dust and the others turn to zombies.

Meanwhile, teenage Reggie (Stewart) is working at the theater and she winds up spending the night there with a co-worker in the steel-lined projection booth. And Reggie’s sister, Sam (Maroney), has a bad fight with her bitch step-mother and spends the night in a steel-lined shed. In the morning, Reggie leaves the theater and is immediately attacked by a zombie. She flees on a motorcycle and sees all sorts of clothes on the ground with red dust around them. She goes home to get Sam and explains to her that everyone is gone. Then, they hear the radio and assume someone is still alive there, so they decide to go and look.

At the radio station, they see that pre-recorded tapes are playing and a man named Hector (Beltran) is there, but he’s not the DJ. He’s a truck driver who spent the night in the back of his steel-lined truck. So, Reggie realizes that steel must have protected them from the comet. Stupidly, Sam gets on the radio, informing the underground scientists of their location. But do the scientists have their best interests at heart?

As the movie progresses you find out the answer to that question and to others. Such as, is anyone else still alive? And where is Hector’s family? And will they all get the happy ending they deserve? Because aside from some kinda racist comments from Reggie when she meets Hector, she’s an okay person. LOL

DJ doesn’t like when the good guys in a movie have to contend with SO many bad guys, but overall he really liked the film. I did, too, because it was original and is rewatchable and mostly fun. We liked the protagonists. The cast was nice. The effects were impressive for 1984. And the ending was good.

My score: 63. DJ’s score: 66.

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