MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 159 this week

Night of the Comet (1984)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 10,524 users  
Reviews: 150 user | 101 critic

A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 27 Aug 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 17 May 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Night of the Comet (1984)

Night of the Comet (1984) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Night of the Comet.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker
Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall
Brainscan (1994)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Edward Furlong, Frank Langella, T. Ryder Smith
Critters (1986)
Action | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A race of small, furry aliens make lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

Director: Stephen Chiodo
Stars: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A caretaker devotes himself to three demented adults after their father's death.

Director: Jack Hill
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker
Critters 2 (1988)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Eggs of the small, furry alien carnivores are left behind on Earth and, after hatching, set their appetites on the next neighboring town.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Scott Grimes, Liane Curtis, Terrence Mann
Arachnophobia (1990)
Comedy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman
Grabbers (2012)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

Director: Jon Wright
Stars: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey
Fright Night (1985)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.

Director: Tom Holland
Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After crash landing near a desert town, an alien enlists the help of a local waitress to re-capture a monster that escaped from the wreckage of his space ship.

Director: R.W. Goodwin
Stars: Eric McCormack, Jenni Baird, Robert Patrick
Creepshow 2 (1987)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die.

Director: Michael Gornick
Stars: George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Domenick John
Critters 3 (1991)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

The tiny fur ball aliens that will eat anything or anyone set their sights on a Los Angeles apartment tower.

Director: Kristine Peterson
Stars: John Calvin, Aimee Brooks, Christian Cousins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Doris
...
Audrey
...
Carter
...
Wilson
John Achorn ...
Oscar
...
Larry
Devon Ericson ...
Minder
...
Davenport
Ivan E. Roth ...
Willy
Janice Kawaye ...
Sarah
Chance Boyer ...
Brian
Andrew Boyer ...
Rogers
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They came. They Shopped. They saved the world! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Teenage Mutant Horror Comet Zombies  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At the start of the movie, Regina is upset because the player "DMK" has upset her perfect list of wins on the video game in the theater lobby. The car the almost runs over Samantha at the end of the movie is driven by Danny Mason Keener -- "DMK" is his license plate. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 05 mins) When the helicopter is taking off there is a window cleaning crew clearly working on the skyscraper in the background. See more »

Quotes

Danny Mason Kenner aka DMK: [Danny stops next to Samantha after he almost hit her with his Mercedes convertible] Gawd, I'm sorry but you shouldn't cross against the light like that. Hey, you guys are survivors too, huh?
Samantha: [looks upward and mouths] thank you
Danny Mason Kenner aka DMK: What?
Samantha: Nothing. Great car!
Danny Mason Kenner aka DMK: thanks, I have 23 of em', you want to go for a ride?
Samantha: More than you know.
Hector Gomez: [to Regina] We don't know anything about this guy. Where's he from? What's his name?
Samantha: What's your name?
Danny Mason Kenner aka DMK: Danny Mason Keener.
Samantha: [to the others] Danny Mason Keener, ok?
[...]
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Hard to Die (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Makin' Me Blue
Written by Bob Summers
Performed by Jim Christopher
Produced by Don Perry and Bob Summers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's, like, the end of the world and I don't have anything to wear!
29 May 2007 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Night of the Comet" is a truly fun and engaging little genre effort of the 80's, but surely some of its hardcore fans are slightly overestimating the value and significance of this film. I've encountered reviews stating that "Night of the Comet" is a quintessential gem of 80's horror and that it's easily one of the most intelligent tributes/parodies to older B-movies ever made. Okay, the script is quite clever and writer/director Thom Eberhardt definitely knows a lot about all the post-apocalyptic classics of the 50's and 60's, but I honestly doubt it ever was his intention to direct the ULTIMATE homage. "Night of the Comet" is more like a miniature-tribute! All the obligatory story lines and sub plots to create an end-of-the-world epic are present, but Eberhardt's only disposed of a limited budget and thus the elaboration is only small-scaled and rather cheesy. There are mutated zombies, crazed scientists and hostile groups of survivors on the rampage, but all just in small doses. The movie opens during a bright summer evening, when the entire world is preparing to see a mesmerizing and once-in-a-lifetime ecological phenomenon, namely the passing of a comet. Two high-school teenagers who missed out on the event (sisters, moreover, what are the odds?) wake up the next morning and slowly realize that the comet's radiation killed every human being in L.A, only leaving behind small piles of red dust. They entrench themselves in an abandoned radio station, meet up with another sole (and male) survivor, battle the occasional mutated zombie and – of course – go shopping without credit cards. Things get slightly more dangerous when a bunch of dying scientists, who predicted the extinction of the human race, try to abduct the survivors to steal their still uncontaminated blood. The tone of "Night of the Comet" is continuously light-headed, still director Ebarhardt manages to maintain a more or less sinister atmosphere which never allow you to forget that the whole of mankind just got wiped out. The girls, although mostly concerned about fashion trends and pop music, understand the seriousness of the situation and deal with it the best way they possibly can. There are still a handful of creepy sequences (the confrontation in the mall) and well-developed Sci-Fi ideas (the diabolical scientists), but the emphasis largely lies on the two girls and their typically 80's pop-culture life-styles. I've never heard this many campy pop-songs in one movie, not even in a musical, and the special & make-up effects are kept to a minimum. The acting performances of Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney are more adequate than you'd expect, as it certainly isn't easy for young actresses to portray teenage character that are stereotypical, ignorant, fashionable and yet likable at the same time. "Night of the Comet" certainly isn't brilliant, probably even a bit overrated by its fans, but still worth a peek in case you have a weakness for 80's cinema.


20 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD is going out of print gf22
DMK adrian_arenah@ciudad.com.ar
Comet makes bad hair! spartacus126
Blu Ray Release?? Grovelingdifference
Yay Chakotay! SilentHell
Seems inspired by Where Have All the People Gone. macecil
Discuss Night of the Comet (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?