Night of the Comet

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • UPC: 826663144369
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Bonus DVD / Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,601

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 Roth Willy
Chance Boyer Brian
Andrew Boyer Rogers
Stanley Brock Mel
Alex Brown Monster in Alley
Wilson Camp Party Guest
Chris Chesser Radio Spot Announcer
Devon Ericson Minder
Peter Fox Wilson
Dale E. House Helicopter Pilot
Karl Johnson Guard No. 1
Janice Kawaye Sarah
Lissa Layng Davenport
Joel Levine Guard No. 2
Raymond Lynch Chuck
Anna Mathias Party Guest
Chris Pederson Stock Boy
Bob Perlow News Reporter
Marc Poppel DMK
Bob Porter Monster Kid
Dick Rude Stock Boy
John Stuart West Monster Cop
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Night of the Comet
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Valley Girls At The End Of The World With Catherine Mary Stewart And Kelli Maroney
      The Last Man On Earth? With Robert Beltran
      Curse Of The Comet With David B. Miller
      Film Photo Gallery
      Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
   Audio
      5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo
      Audio Commentary With Actors Kelli Maroney & Catherine Mary Stewart
      Audio Commentary With Director Thom Eberhardt
      Audio Commentary With Production Designer John Muto
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Valley Girls Master the Apocalypse

    NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984) is an adventure greatly entertaining for anybody able to suspend disbelief a bit (and not notice a few continuity gaffes). As with IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET (1906) by H. G. Wells, a comet's passage transforms civilization--in the movie catastrophically. Most humans are rendered a fine, red dust. Some affected survivors live for a time but decline rapidly toward death, becoming marauding zombie-like creatures for a period toward the end.
    The true survivors, by circumstance shielded that fatal night, are our heroes, uncommonly appealing ones--Regina and Samantha Belmont, two L. A. valley girls who center their activities around an abandoned radio station, and Hector, a truck driver they encounter. Besides avoiding zombies, the girls worry about their new life. How will they find boys? Well, at least concerns about school and tests are in the past. And the malls are always open! The sisters have their limitations but care about each other, are quick studies in wielding automatic weapons and are athletic and formidable fighters.
    Catherine Mary Stewart, who dominates the movie, is wonderful as the older sister, Regina. By turns fun-loving, romantic, witty, seductive, resourceful, fearful and calculating, she is convincing in all aspects and a dynamic physical action heroine hard to equal. Her sexiness remains intact through it all. Robert Beltran, the stalwart male lead, and Kelli Maroney as the younger cheerleader sister are very winning--especially Beltran.
    The movie has a number of good things to mention. There is a government research facility whose scientists show themselves to have villainous intentions(of course!), but their distinctive personalities are depicted economically and well. There is a brief, but truly bravura performance by Ivan E. Roth as Willy, leader of a small band of--yes--stockboys. Finally, demanding mention is a terrific song played during a romantic point in the film and over the final credits: "Learn to Love Again," written by Chris Farren. It is a duet sung beautifully by Farren and Amy Holland.

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