When I was a teenager, I used to stay summers with my father in the middle of Iowa. Literally in the middle of Iowa, which could be referred to as nowhere. We spent many a night renting movies from local mom and pop movie rental places, and copying them from VHS to Betamax tapes (Shhh). On the days we couldn’t make it to the rental store I watched our copies on Beta over and over again. Many of the movies I tended to like watching over and over again, were movies that we’ll say, didn’t impress everybody, even if I loved them. One of those movies was Night of the Comet.
In hindsight Night of the Comet seems to have done much better that it did back in the day. Rotten Tomatoes critics score it at 85 percent fresh (though the public at large on RT gave it 54%). I must agree with the RT critics on this one. The biggest negative aspect of the film seems to be it’s apparent lack of originality. But when I first saw it, I had no idea that much of it’s plot and story were right out of other films in the past. And even now that I know that. I don’t care. I still love it.
Night of the Comet is of course an apocalyptic end of the world film. The premise is simple. It surmises that this year (the year of the film) scientists had determined that the Earth was going to pass through the tail of a comet. So of course that means its TIME TO PARTY!. The whole world gets comet fever, and by that I mean everyone goes nuts with party plans world wide. It’s like you took the best of the new years eve parties in history and turned them up to 11. The story focuses on our hero Regina (Played by Catherine Mary Stewart, who you may know as the love interest from The Last Starfighter) who seems to be a high school graduate with no immediate prospects, save her job at a local movie theater, and her little 16 year old sister Samantha, a cheerleader.
Now it turns out that a certain set of scientists have determined that the last time the Earth passed through the tail of this comet, was about 65 million years ago, or as the plot says, not since the time the dinosaurs disappeared. So these scientists either didn’t tell anyone of their worries, or no one listened, the story doesn’t specify, either way, the scientists lock themselves into a secret underground lab and wait out the event.
So the night of the comet comes, and the inevitable happens. Everyone disappears, seemingly everyone but our hero and her sister and yes… a few bloodthirsty zombies created by the comet. AWESOME!. I won’t tell you any more, you should obviously see this awesome movie if you haven’t already. It’s available on DVD and on Netflix “Watch it Now”. I would totally dig it if someone cosplayed Regina and Samantha with a comet zombie at Pandoracon.
Here’s the trailer for Night of the Comet:
And here are some better photos of Regina and Sam with their Mac 10 submachine guns for cosplay purposes: