Night of the Comet

Tagged: Film

Film (1984). Atlantic 9000/Film Development Fund. Directed by Thom Eberhardt. Written by Eberhardt. Cast includes Robert Beltran, Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart and Mary Woronov. 100 minutes cut to 95 minutes for UK release. Colour.

This likeable exploitation movie, witty throughout, opens with the light or the Rays from a Comet – an idea perhaps stolen from John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; rev 1951; orig version vt Revolt of the Triffids 1952) – destroying almost everybody in Los Angeles (see California) by turning them into red dust or, in less severe cases, cannibal Zombies. Two spunky teenage girls survive, team up with a truck driver, raid department stores for fashionable clothes, destroy the evil government agency that wants to kill them for serum, do disco dances and shoot submachine guns. As one might expect from the producers of Valley Girl (1984), the women are shown as self-reliant, intelligent, unmotivated and vain. [PN]

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