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G.O.R.E. Score: Night of the Comet

Night of the Comet (1984)

Night of the Comet (1984)

Original Release Date: November 16, 1984
Run Time: 95 minutes

“Night of the Comet” is a very unique movie. To the average viewer, it probably appears to be just another kitschy ‘80s horror film. But for those select viewers “in the know” about this movie’s director, Thom Eberhardt, and what his true intentions were in making this film, the experience of watching “Night of the Comet” is completely different and – in my humble opinion – infinitely more rewarding.

The plot is simple enough, in its obliviously-cheesy way: a comet is passing closely to Earth, so almost everyone on the planet decides to throw a party to stand outside and watch it pass by. The opening credits are shown while a newscast talks about how this comet “hasn’t been seen in our solar system since the time the dinosaurs mysteriously vanished,” which raises the awareness of the viewer but apparently not a single person in the actual movie. Comet passes by, bad things happen to the people who were staring directly at it, and the few people on the planet who weren’t directly affected by the comet (including a surprisingly young-looking and heroic-acting Robert Beltran, better known to some as Chakotay from “Star Trek: Voyager”) are left to deal with the consequences.

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2 comments on “G.O.R.E. Score: Night of the Comet

  1. Ya know, I never thought of this as a zombie flick when I saw it at the theaters, so I might have to revisit it to see the homage elements you mention. I thought it was an interesting idea and it did appeal to my apocalyptic fascination in that the world has been abandoned and we can do whatever we want to. Since it came out when I was sixteen, I felt like I sort of identified with the teen rebellion attitude, although the younger sister, as a I recall, was pretty much an airhead (though quite cute).
    A little tidbit that you didn’t mention: Wornov and Beltran appeared together in the very strange movie, “Eating Raoul” a couple of years earlier. Not that anyone would care-that was one really odd movie.

  2. Nice job Tony, looking on Netflix right now to add it to my que. Here’s hoping it’s available for instant view!

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