The premise is that a comet enters earth’s orbit for the first time since the extinction of the dinosaurs, turning the majority of the human population into zombies. Sisters Sam (Kelli Maroney) and Reggie (Catherine Mary Stewart) have escaped the effects of the passing comet, and have decided that they must search for other survivors. They come across Hector (Robert Beltran) and the trio of survivors soon become the targets of a sinister group of scientists who have nasty things planned – all in the name of research of those unaffected by the comet.
As previously mentioned, the film’s charm is that it does not take itself too seriously. One could imagine that had Night of the Comet been a ‘straight’ sci-fi horror, it would have failed miserably and faded away into the sea of eighties trash obscurity. Director Thom Eberhardt – thankfully – goes for the slightly different approach of adding some comedy and cheesy fun that is so typical of cult eighties viewing.
The strong female leads – complete with big hair and bad eighties fashion – make a refreshing change from the typical character type from the era, of the helpless female running away screaming and in need of rescue. Add a trip to the mall, and you have a film that typifies cult eighties viewing that is fondly remembered.
For fans, Arrow has once again given a great treatment to the film. The high-definition Blu Ray transfer of the print is as good as we have come expect from Arrow – this may seem initially quite strange considering that fans would most probably have previously watched this on VHS format. We also get an in-depth look into the making of the film with all sorts of special features – including interviews and commentary tracks with various cast and crew. Fans of the film will no doubt find out more about the film and the talents involved in its production.
Night of the Comet is available to buy now.
Review: Night of the Comet
By Andreas Charalambous - 11th October 2014
Night of the Comet is another one of the many horror and sci-fi films to come out of the eighties, so it is only natural that it makes up another impressive release from Arrow Video.
As with the majority of these cult films from this era, it’s charm lies in that Night of the Comet does not take itself too seriously and it typifies everything that we come to expect from a B-movie.