ZOMBIE FILM FRIDAY: Night of the Comet (1984)

If you’ve never seen  Night of the Comet, it’s about time you dug out an old copy somewhere and gave it a shot!

mv5bmty5ndiwnda1nv5bml5banbnxkftztcwotuxotm2na-_v1_uy268_cr110182268_al_Two pretty high school girls (one a cheerleader!) don’t like their stepmother or her new boyfriend (“Daddy would have gotten us Uzis!”). One morning, they wake up to find that everybody in Los Angeles has been turned to dust by a Comet except them, a guy who looks like Erik Estrada, some zombies and the occupants of a secret underground government installation.

My Rating: B+

Interesting Facts: The scenes of an empty Los Angeles were filmed in the morning on normal business days and the shots of the barren city were done quickly while the traffic was held up at stop lights; The LP that Sam tosses over her shoulder is the soundtrack to “Valley Girl”, which would become, for a short time, one of the most sought-after albums of all time; and Joss Whedon has cited this film as a “big influence” for his original film script of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), which is rebooted in his television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).

And now it’s time for the trailer…

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