Night of the Comet was a financial success that received decent critical reception in spite of (or perhaps because of) its obvious b-movie trappings. Still, the film remains surprisingly underknown among many younger horror aficionados, even though it’s available on a stunning Blu-ray reissue courtesy of the folks at Scream Factory.
Maybe our favorite Australian comedian/film critic Mark Bishop can change all that. His most recent video compiles 10 amazing facts about Night of the Comet. It’s a fun and illuminating romp that will entertain fans of this cult sleeper and curious explorers alike. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
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If you can’t stream, the 10 amazing facts about Night of the Comet are briefly summarized below the video. After that, you can check out the original trailer and synopsis for the film, which stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, and Robert Beltran. Enjoy!
1. The red dust used to create the piles of human remains were made by pulverizing bricks.
2. Night of the Comet features young, strong, independent female leads, something that influenced Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon.
3. A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Heather Langenkamp (who played Nancy) auditioned for the role of Samantha in Night of the Comet. The part ultimately went to Kelli Maroney. Both films were released in 1984 and released within weeks of each other.
4. The original title for Night of the Comet was Teenage Comet Zombies.
5. The mall scenes in Night of the Comet were filmed in the iconic Sherman Oaks Galleria, a place that was synonymous with the “Valley Girl” stereotypes of the 1980s.
6. Night of the Comet was produced for a relative pittance of $700,000.
7. Plans for a sequel and potential TV series were both scrapped due to rights issues/ambiguities. Director/writer Thom Eberhardt even wanted to make a cartoon version of Night of the Comet.
8. Considering its low production costs, Night of the Comet was a financial success. It even got decent reviews.
9. The poster for Night of the Comet features a doorway opening into outer space. This is more of a perplexing observation than an “amazing fact”.
10. Eberhardt interviewed actual teenagers extensively in order to get a real idea of how they would act when facing the end of humanity.
After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they’re among the only survivors of a zombie attack. The girls partner with another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), but as they try to avoid the zombies, they’re sought by scientists who want to experiment on their bodies in the hope of finding an antidote. Dodging both the doctors and the undead, they keep moving in the hope that they can continue to stay alive.
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