Night Of The Comet

1984, Movie, PG-13, 95 mins

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A comet is approaching the Earth, and all over California people are celebrating even though, as the narrator points out, the last time the comet passed was coincidental with the overnight extinction of the dinosaurs. Sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) for different reasons spend the night in steel-lined rooms and come out in the morning to find nothing left of humanity but piles of empty clothes and some fine red dust. Those taking the full effects of the comet's rays have evaporated, while those only partly exposed have been turned into flesh-eating zombies. Together they make their way to a radio station that is still on the air, but all they find there is an automated tape. They soon discover another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), likewise attracted to the radio station. But a group of soldiers from a secret government agency are around, too, and they want to use some immune blood to save their own lives. This is a terrifically witty, refreshingly unpretentious science-fiction film with the least likely and most likable heroines in memory. All the performers are excellent, especially Maroney, who can veer from petulant to heroic in the blink of an eye. Lost in the shuffle of bloated big-budget sci-fi epics released at the same time (DUNE; 2010), this movie received almost universally favorable reviews but failed to find an audience. leave a comment

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