In many ways, the 1980s were the last golden age of B-movie horror. Despite adding in gallons of fake blood and make-up effects fueled by a revolution in the field, 80’s movies still have a strange sense of innocence about them. “Night of the Comet” is a perfect example of this. This flick is positively dripping with VHS era cult goodness. I’m somewhat surprised there isn’t a limp remake already being filmed somewhere
In what must be the most upbeat of all post-apocalyptic films, a (big surprise) comet passes over the Earth. The radiation turns most of the population to either a pile of red dust or a flesh eating, semi-intelligent zombies. Despite the grim set-up, this is all handled in a very “gee-whiz” way.
It doesn’t hurt that our heroes are two teenage girls. One of them is even a cheerleader. So, in-between fighting zombie punk rockers and government stooges, they dance to New Wave music and snatch up the latest fashions from the now empty shopping mall.
What “Night of the Comet” understands (and understands well) is that there is a kind of wish fulfillment with an apocalyptic storyline. I mean what if you could suddenly steal any car you wanted? Or never have to work again? Sure it sucks being one of the few non-mutants left alive, but at least you can have your pick of, well, anything.
The movie also features cult favorites like Robert Beltran (of Star Trek fame) and Geoffrey Lewis ( probably best known to horror buffs from the original Salem’s Lot film.) So if I haven’t given you reason enough to hunt this down on DVD, maybe that will sway you. But with gun toting cheerleaders, punked out zombies, and plenty of sci-fi cheese, what do you have to lose? NOTHING! Follow my advice and spend some time in this teenaged wasteland.