I love this movie. NIGHT OF THE COMET is a super-rad teenage zombie flick about two Valley Girls surviving a mass exctinction by a comet- a comet that supposedly wiped out the dinosaurs the last time it swung through Earth's neighborhood. See, the two sisters are left to an empty world, well, sort of. Although most of Earth's population are now extinct, there are some survivors who became zombies, of course. Valley girls vs. zombies. It's really all you need to know.
Catherine Mary-Stewart and Kelli Maroney deliciously play Reggie and Samantha, two fun-loving sisters living in Los Angeles. Reggie works at the local movie theater, is a video game junkie, AND guns expert, whereas Sam is a total Valley Girl and cheerleader. It seems a huge comet is headed towards Earth, and everybody outside who was exposed to the comet turns to strange, orange dust. Everybody except our heroines, Reggie and Sam- who both just happened to spend the night in rooms or structures encased with steel (apparently, if you were surrounded by steel, you were safe from the comet's deadly rays... just go with me on this!).
The fun begins the next morning when the two sisters wake up to slowly realize that everybody is gone... or are they? Although most of the human population has been wiped out, seems there were some who only got small doses of the comet's rays and didn't die after all. Instead, they turned into flesh-eating zombies. Yes, you heard me right. Two Valley Girls battling flesh-eating zombies in an apocalyptic and empty Los Angeles? Yes, please! And on top of the zombies running around, it seems a demented bunch of scientists in a desert bunker somewhere are desperately searching for all survivors of the comet...
Being a true 80's kid, there is much to savor in this flick. The hair and fashion, for one. Plus the film has many quite effective shots of a desolate and empty Los Angeles that really manage to convey a total feeling of apocalyptic loneliness. Throw in some biting and witty dialogue and you've got a sure winner. Kelli Maroney absolutely steals the show in just about every scene she's in- she's downright hilarious here- but Catherine Mary Stewart shines as tough gal Reggie. These two gals make this movie work, plain and simple. PURE 80's kitsch all the way- it's campy, cheesy, and hilarious fun. All the makings for a classic 80's flick.