Night of the Comet

Night of the Comet

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Director: Thom Eberhardt

Cast: Robert Beltran, Catherine Stewart, Kelli Maroney

     
 

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In this satirical sci-fi comedy, Samantha (Kelli Maroney) and Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) are two sisters whose father was a hard-bitten Green Beret, but who've grown into typical Valley Girls. They end up spending the night in a steel-lined room just as a comet passes close to the earth, vaporizing the people in its wake. When Samantha and Regina emerge, they… See more details below

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In this satirical sci-fi comedy, Samantha (Kelli Maroney) and Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) are two sisters whose father was a hard-bitten Green Beret, but who've grown into typical Valley Girls. They end up spending the night in a steel-lined room just as a comet passes close to the earth, vaporizing the people in its wake. When Samantha and Regina emerge, they discover that they have the city to themselves, and they begin the shopping spree to end all shopping sprees. En route to the mall, they discover Hector (Robert Beltran), the only survivor they've found so far, and they argue over who gets the last boyfriend on Earth. However, the mall holds an unpleasant surprise -- a small army of zombified stockboys who the gals must battle using an arsenal they shoplifted along the way (while lamenting that "Daddy would have gotten us Uzis!" after a MAC-10 fails to fire). Meanwhile, a cadre of soldiers from a special military experiment have come out of hiding, but it seems that they need fresh blood to survive, and Samantha and Regina look like just the refreshment they need. Cult figure Mary Woronov also appears in a supporting role as a scientist.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This is one of the more unusual entries into the post-apocalypse genre of the early 1980's. Instead of going for the usual Mad Max ripoff, writer/director Thom Eberhardt takes a clever tack by building the story around a pair of teenage heroines living in Los Angeles. This opens up the story for all manner of unusual takes on the usual post-apocalypse motifs: the wittiest is the girls celebrating their independence by going on a shopping spree in a deserted department store to the tune of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun." He counterbalances these light-hearted moments with a few effective moments of drama (there's a good scene where Kelli Maroney gets teary-eyed thinking about a boy who had a crush on her that she never got to meet) as well as a few shocks and some suspense. He also chose a quality cast for the film, making good use of reliable character actors Geoffrey Lewis and Mary Woronov as a pair of shady, inscrutable government scientists and also providing a nice role for Robert Beltran as a Mexican trucker who helps out the two heroines. The end result might not have enough action for those expecting a typical post-apocalyptic film but others are likely to appreciate its quirky sense of humor and its inventive knack for blending genres. In short, Night Of The Comet is a fun riff on 1980's sci-fi that is likely to appeal to cult film fans who don't normally go for this sort of genre fare.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2013
UPC:
0826663144369
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
1A
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
13,188

Special Features

All-new audio commentary and interviews with stars Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart, Mary Woronov, and special make-up effects creator David B. Miller Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Beltran Hector
Catherine Stewart Regina
Kelli Maroney Samantha
Sharon Farrell Doris
Mary Woronov Audrey
Geoffrey Lewis Carter
John Achorn Oscar
Michael Bowen Larry
Ivan E. Roth Willy
Wilson Camp Party Guest
Karl Johnson Guard No. 1
Joel Levine Guard No. 2
Chris Pederson Stock Boy
Bob Porter Monster Kid
Andrew Boyer Rogers
Peter Fox Wilson
Devon Ericson Minder
Lissa Layng Davenport
Janice Kawaye Sarah
Chance Boyer Brian
Stanley Brock Mel
Marc Poppel DMK
Raymond Lynch Chuck
Bob Perlow News Reporter
John Stuart West Monster Cop
Dick Rude Stock Boy
Anna Mathias Party Guest
Chris Chesser Radio Spot Announcer
Dale E. House Helicopter Pilot
Alex Brown Monster in Alley

Technical Credits
Thom Eberhardt Director,Screenwriter
Arthur Albert Cinematographer
Annette Benson Casting
H. Gordon Boos Asst. Director
David Richard Campbell Score Composer
Thomas Coleman Executive Producer
Wayne Crawford Producer
Nancy Israel Associate Producer,Production Designer,Production Manager
Andrew Lane Producer
David Brian Miller Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
John Muto Production Designer,Special Effects
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Perry Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Perry Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Rosenblatt Executive Producer
Fred Stafford Editor
David Wasco Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night of the Comet
1. Chapter 1 [6:33]
2. Chapter 2 [4:33]
3. Chapter 3 [8:18]
4. Chapter 4 [6:41]
5. Chapter 5 [8:05]
6. Chapter 6 [9:36]
7. Chapter 7 [6:48]
8. Chapter 8 [:04]
9. Chapter 9 [4:47]
10. Chapter 10 [3:06]
11. Chapter 11 [6:32]
12. Chapter 12 [6:44]
13. Chapter 13 [10:16]
14. Chapter 14 [9:52]
15. Chapter 15 [3:08]

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