Didn't see it when it came out, and only managed to do so after it became a bit of a cult film. Eh. I don't remember it being either so totally 80's or so totally making fun of the 80s that it registered as anything notable. Not sure what people see in it. Perhaps it has been embraced by folks who didn't experience the 80's first-hand. If so, well, that happens.
Damn. Though it started pretty overly 80s in style and aesthetic I thought maybe some elegant moments might sift through, unfortunately after the half way mark any attempt at a clearly thought-out plot gives way to weird half baked idea after another until the downright goofy ending. Sorry to those who see this as a cult classic, it's at the bottom half of my post-apocalyptic film list for sure.
Great lighting and 80s jams with kick-ass female protagonists but it was clearly lacking budget in certain departments that would've pushed it into a genuinely great film rather than a fun b-movie, like maybe more than one zombie and any amount of gore. This would make a great, odd little TV show now, especially following on from the end.
Lacks the bite of that other great punk, B-movie satire from the 1980s, Repo Man, even when hitting many of the same political targets (consumerism, teen alienation, Reaganomics, etc). The film gets a lot of mileage out of its likable leads (particular its valley girl protagonists) while capturing an atmosphere that feels part inspired by Dawn of the Dead & part precursor to the stylisations of To Live and Die in LA.
A movie that luckily never takes this zombie apocalypse serious and is more concerned with what a girl is to do with her life when all the men have become human-eating monsters and the only one left seems to be Robert Beltran, who has to be one of the lousiest love interests in an apocalyptic world. It is a perfectly dated movie with 80s hairdos, music and fashion and Catherine Mary Stewart at her sexiest.
Night of the Comet is unapologetic with its intentions from the off. Poking fun at everything from 1950s Sci-fi to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, Thom Everharbt's low-budget end of the world movie is a lot of fun on paper. Unfortunately the script appears to run out of ideas once the comet hits and all we are left with is some beautiful shots of desolate city landscapes and two very charismatic lead actresses.
Una película que tiene sus falencias, pero que no deja de tener una serie de sucesos inspiradores. Es en primer lugar su premisa. Un mundo sin humanos y algunos sobrevivientes convertidos en zombies. Una enfrentamiento en un centro comercial recuerda vagamente al "Amanecer de los muertos". Está también sobre los científicos experimentando (tópico de George Romero). Un suicidio que desencaja para bien del filme.
I read W.E.B Du Bois' The Comet & then watched this despite the 2 being seemingly unrelated & it rly adds another level (w/r/t the main girls initial racism, the one off 'is he gay' convo - white women reinforcing white heteropatriarchy in lieu of white men even at the end of the world !but! gradually letting go of it). Rly makes u think....... Also this movie is near perfect/everything I luv 80s fun. Like, totally.
Totally in love with the neon colours and blood-red skies but despite the lovely slick 80s trash packaging, just too tame, cornball and lacking in enough solid exploitive thrills to stand out from the pack. The valley-girl-shopping-mall-shootout-with-uzis set to 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' sounds incredible on paper but falls flat on screen. Trash the dvd, save the screencaps.
Trashy, sugary cult film that starts strong but loses steam once it starts ripping off DAWN OF THE DEAD and killing off Mary Woronov. The day-glo production design and occasional witty line can't make up for a mostly wooden cast and a bog-standard evil government scientist plot.