I remember as a youth that my cousin loved today’s film, even considering it one of the best zombie films ever. I, however, had never seen the film. I’m not entirely sure why, as I remember hearing about it throughout my childhood.
Perhaps I had gotten all the “Night of the” films (“Night of the Living Dead”, “Night of the Iguana”, “Night of the Blood Monster”, etc.) confused, and wasn’t sure which one to rent when I went to the local video rental mom and pop.
Because I’ve never seen most of the “Night of the” films (even though they are not related), I decided to give this one a look for today’s review.
31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Night of the Comet ~
Director: Thom Eberhardt
Cast: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov
Country: United States
Specs: 95 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: PG-13
After a rogue meteor makes a pass by the earth, all but a few of the witnesses to the event either turn to yellow dust, or turn into a zombie. Realizing that something terrible has happened, Reggie (Stewart) and sister Sam (Maroney) begin the search for other survivors, before they too become victims to the mysterious event.
I’m not sure what to think about this film. It starts off campy enough to enjoy, complete with 80’s synth music at it’s “best”, but never really excels beyond that. The story simply seems to meander on, without much action or incidents to propel the story forward.
If the film had simply focused on the zombie invasion, or the atmosphere of impending doom to the survivors, perhaps it would have been more enjoyable. Instead, after the first initial scenes, we get pointless scenes of the girls going shopping, meeting a group of crazed youth, and a diabolical scientific team.
Nothing as far as the characters actions makes much sense. The acting isn’t horrible, but don’t expect any award giving performances either. The makeup effects of the zombies isn’t even on screen long enough to appreciate (in fact, I think there was only 1 on screen zombie?). I did enjoy seeing the streets of Los Angeles completely void of any traffic, and the appearance of the “Back to the Future” girl (Stewart) [Editors Note: Oops. Stewart was not in the “Back to the Future” movies as Marty’s present day girlfriend. That was Claudia Wells. My apologies to both talented actresses].
Not sure what my cousin saw? Perhaps I’ve confused this one with (no, not “Night of the Living Dead.” I’ve seen that one countless times) a different comet movie or “Night of the” film. Perhaps I ought to tune into a few others for fairness sake?
My Rating: *** / C
Available on Amazon: Night of the Comet