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|NIGHT OF THE COMET (director/writer: Thom Eberhardt; cinematographer: Arthur Albert; editor: Fred Stafford; music: David Richard Campbell; cast: Catherine Mary Stewart (Regina), Kelli Maroney (Samantha), Robert Beltran (Hector), Mary Woronov (Audrey), Geoffrey Lewis (Dr. Carter), John Achorn (Oscar), Michael Bowen (Larry), Sharon Farrell (Doris), Chance Boyer (Brian), Janice Kawaye (Sarah), Marc Poppel (Danny Mason Keener); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Andrew Lane/Wayne Crawford; Atlantic Releasing; 1984)|
the 1950's sci-fi zombie flicks."
by Dennis Schwartz
Eberhardt ("Without a Clue"/"Gross
Anatomy"/"Captain Ron") writes and directs this genial
but dumb-ass 'end of the world' B-movie horror/comedy,
that parodies the 1950's sci-fi zombie flicks. The
derivative low-budget cult movie moves along at a
quick pace and offers a sometimes appealing sassy
entertaining tongue-in-cheek flavor, but lacks
originality and imagination to be more than a modest
success. It works best as a goofy satire, that
provides a few chuckles when it goes campy. It
features flesh-eating zombie attacks; in the middle of
the attacks a sibling trip to the mall to steal disco
garb and in the background a breezy 1980's pop
soundtrack. It plays for laughs Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have
Fun", sung by Tami Holbrook, during a
machine-gun shootout between the sisters and punky
security-orientated stock-boys, and it concludes with
a more fiery shoot-out between the three human
survivors and a lab filled with evil scientists.
the Christmas season, the same comet that destroyed
the dinosaur returns to destroy most of life on Earth.
In LA, most citizens either turn to red dust or into
zombies. The survivors, who were saved by staying
overnight in a steel-lined room, include two ditsy
Valley girl high school students, the promiscuous
karate fighting senior cinema usher Regina (Catherine
Mary Stewart) and her flirty younger
cheerleader sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney).
Probing around an automated radio station, the girls
encounter another survivor, the hunky nice-guy
Hispanic truck driver Hector (Robert
Beltran) from San Diego. The trio team-up
to fight off the attacking zombies and a group of
kidnapping hostile government scientist survivors, led
by the heroic self-sacrificing scientist Audrey (Mary
Woronov) and her evil boss Dr. Carter (Geoffrey
Lewis). The scientists dwell in a desert
military compound, but were compromised by the comet
and need the blood of the uncontaminated human
survivors to make a serum before they turn into
REVIEWED ON 6/1/2013 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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