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Writer:
Thom Eberhardt (written by)
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Release Date:
16 November 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It was the last thing on earth they ever expected. See more »
Plot:
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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(123 articles)
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Girls just want to have fun....even when surrounded by walking dead See more (154 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Beltran ... Hector

Catherine Mary Stewart ... Regina

Kelli Maroney ... Samantha

Sharon Farrell ... Doris

Mary Woronov ... Audrey

Geoffrey Lewis ... Carter

Peter Fox ... Wilson
John Achorn ... Oscar

Michael Bowen ... Larry
Devon Ericson ... Minder

Lissa Layng ... Davenport
Ivan E. Roth ... Willy
Janice Kawaye ... Sarah
Chance Boyer ... Brian
Andrew Boyer ... Rogers
Stanley Brock ... Mel
Marc Poppel ... Danny Mason Keener / DMK
Raymond Lynch ... Chuck
Bob Perlow ... TV Reporter
John Stuart West ... Monster Cop
Alex Brown ... Monster in Alley
Dick Rude ... Stock Boy
Chris Pedersen ... Stock Boy
Karl Johnson ... Guard #1
Joel Levine ... Guard #2
Wilson Camp ... Party Guest

Anna Mathias ... Party Guest
Tim Hannon ... Party Guest

Bobby Porter ... Monster Kid
Steve LaBeau ... DJ (voice)
Michael Hanks ... Narrator (voice)
Chris Chesser ... Radio Spot Announcer (voice)
Dale E. House ... Helicopter Pilot (as Dale House)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Kelly ... Girl at the Theater (uncredited)

Directed by
Thom Eberhardt 
 
Writing credits
Thom Eberhardt (written by)

Produced by
Thomas Coleman .... executive producer
Wayne Crawford .... producer
Nancy Israel .... associate producer
Andrew Lane .... producer
Michael Rosenblatt .... executive producer
Sandra Scheik .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Campbell  (as David Richard Campbell)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Albert (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred Stafford 
 
Casting by
Annette Benson 
 
Production Design by
John Muto 
 
Set Decoration by
David Wasco 
 
Makeup Department
David B. Miller .... makeup effects designer
William Snyder .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Fay .... unit manager
Nancy Israel .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Gordon Boos .... first assistant director
H. Gordon Boos .... second unit director
Gary A. Lowe .... second assistant director
John Muto .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Anne H. Ahrens .... assistant art director (as Anne Huntley)
Paul Ahrens .... property master
Don DeSimone .... lead carpenter
Vivianne Bertrand Gelbart .... art assistant
Bernardo F. Munoz .... construction supervisor (as Bernardo Munoz)
Bernardo F. Munoz .... scenic artist (as Bernardo Munoz)
Bernardo F. Munoz .... special props (as Bernardo Munoz)
John Myhre .... assistant property master
Sherry O'Connor .... art assistant (as Sherry Dreizen)
Dave Peltz .... art assistant
Stewart Russell .... construction coordinator
Thierry Verrier .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
John L. Anderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Björn Emilsson .... boom operator (as Bjorn Emilsson)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist
Lois Freeman .... sound editor
Bill Gentry .... sound editor
Carl Graham .... sound editor
Chris Haire .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher L. Haire)
Steve Nelson .... sound mixer
Fred Stafford .... sound editor
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Rick Bugental .... motion control camera operator
John O'Connell .... motion control camera operator
Steven Wilzbach .... motion control camera operator (as Steve Wilzbach)
John Eggett .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Muto .... visual effects designer
Ted Rae .... visual effects
Mark Sawicki .... opticals: CMI
 
Stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Birke .... grip
Bruce Clarke .... grip
Donne Daniels .... key grip
John Esaki .... second assistant camera
Chris Fenney .... best boy
Philip Holahan .... first assistant camera
Steve Jezewski .... best boy grip
Shaun Madigan .... gaffer (as Shaun McClelland)
Austin McKinney .... plate photographer
Tom Richmond .... camera operator: second unit
Diane Roderick .... still photographer
Mike Townsend .... grip
Elizabeth Webber .... electrician (as Beth Webber)
 
Casting Department
Janet Cunningham .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Linn .... key costumer
Deborah Loft .... wardrobe mistress
Regina Wrubel .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Bill Gentry .... assistant editor
Carl Graham .... associate editor
Joseph .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tim Jaquette .... music mixer
Tim Jaquette .... songs mixer
Ross Pallone .... music mixer
Ross Pallone .... songs mixer
Tom Perry .... music mixer
Tom Perry .... songs mixer
Tom Perry .... music supervisor
Bob Summers .... music mixer
Bob Summers .... songs mixer
 
Other crew
Nancy Battaglia .... promotions
Rick Bugental .... slit scan: Lumeni
Thomas Coleman .... presenter
Dulanie M. Ellis .... script supervisor (as Dulanie Ellis)
Gary Etting .... specialist: contact lens (as Dr. Gary Etting)
Diana Galvin .... production coordinator
Ronald Guiley .... specialist: contact lens (as Dr. Ronald Guiley)
Susan Israel .... production coordinator: New York
Richard Jenkins .... neon
Philip Lieberman .... video game consultant
Carla Madison .... craft service
Gary Mascaro .... choreographer
Peter Merwin .... production assistant
John O'Connell .... slit scan: Lumeni
Arthur Payne .... production assistant
Steven Pomeroy .... assistant to production manager
Peter Rosenberg .... specialist: contact lens (as Dr. Peter Rosenberg)
Michael Rosenblatt .... presenter
Peter Rutenberg .... production accountant
Mark Sawicki .... title opticals: CMI
Steven Wilzbach .... slit scan: Lumeni (as Steve Wilzbach)
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Chuck Comisky .... special thanks
Carol Geissinger .... special thanks
Dave Hogan .... special thanks
Ken Jones .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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95 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #27376) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Catherine Mary Stewart did almost all of her own stunts except for riding the motorcycle through Los Angeles. The long shots of Stewart on the motorcycle are a stunt woman while the close-ups of Stewart were done by putting the motorcycle on top of a flatbed truck.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Regina flees the theater alley on a motorcycle, she pulls up next to an empty Mercedes and turns on the bike's headlight. In following scenes riding to her house, the headlight is off again.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Carter, Project Chief:Have you ever had hepatitis?
Regina Belmont:No. I had "mono" once though.
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Movie Connections:
References On the Waterfront (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
UnbelievableSee more »

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51 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Girls just want to have fun....even when surrounded by walking dead, 20 July 2004
Author: clydestuff from United States

If you've seen any film such as The Day After, The Stand, Armageddon, Independence Day, or even the recent extravaganza The Day After Tomorrow, the end of the world would seem to be pretty serious business for us to have to deal with sometime down the road. Film directors one and all want us to believe it's all doom and gloom what with asteroids zooming around haphazardly in space, aliens needing to ravage us and the planet, global warming screwing up the weather or some deadly virus escaping some government lab infecting mankind with a super flu. Thom Eberhardt doesn't quite find it such a dreary proposition, and in fact finds quite a bit of humor in the situation by way of telling the story of two of the survivors, teenagers Reggie Belmont (Catherine Mary Stuart) and her sister Sam (Kelli Maroney).

Somewhere out there in the final frontier where no man has gone before, is a comet zipping around with nothing better to do but to pay all of us here on earth a quick friendly visit. No, it doesn't exactly have earth's name on it, but it does want to take a cue from Top Gun and do a major fly by just so it can get up close and personal. Of course since we're a partying kind of planet, we decide to have one big planet wide comet festival just to welcome it into our solar system. There are comet tee shirts, comet hats, people have comet barbecues, and everything is just one big comet celebration. One of these comet parties is being held by Doris Belmont, wicked step monster to Reggie and Sam. Reggie and Sam's father is off doing army duty, and it's left up to Doris to keep the two girls safe and out of trouble, or as in Doris's case be a first class bitch while screwing the next door neighbor on the side. After an argument with Doris, Reggie ends up in a projection room at a local theater, and Sam ends up….well more about that in a moment. Eventually the comet does pass overhead, and being the grateful kind of comet that knows how to treat its host, it leaves us all a present by turning the vast majority of the human population into orange pixie dust.

Of course, if you happen to be one of the very lucky few, like Reggie and Sam, you may have survived. It turns out if you were in a dwelling of some sort completely encased by steel, then you also woke up the next morning to see the dawn's early light. Reggie, having spent the night in the theater projection room which just happens to be steel lined, does survive. Sam, who found herself somehow spending the night in a trash dumpster survives also. However, if you were only partially protected by a steel enclosure, then you only get to survive temporarily which also means you get to play zombie for a while before you disintegrate into a pile of dust bunnies. Then there are those scientists who were aware of the danger but instead of warning us all to momentarily hop into our Kenmore refrigerators, they built themselves a huge enclosure to protect themselves with. So not only are they extremely selfish scientists, they are also straight out of the Fred MacMurray School of Absent Minded Professors because although I'm sure they wear their seat belts and lock their car doors, they somehow forget to close the vents on their Comet Proof Bomb Shelter. What that means is they need to track down Sam, Reggie and other survivors who may pop up here and there in order to find a cure before they have to begin their own auditions for George Romero.

If it all sounds kind of goofy and wacky it certainly is all of that. Early in the film, you may have a bit of trouble buying into the proceedings but you'll eventually be seduced by the perkiness and charm of Stuart and Mulroney, and the witty dialog that inhabits Eberhardt's script. For instance, when Reggie returns with an arsenal to fight off zombies, Reggie complains that, `Dad would have gotten us Uzis'. And what are two teenage girls to do when faced with the apocalypse? They play D.J. on the only radio station still broadcasting, they vie for the affection of the only guy available, and they lift their spirits by going shopping at the mall to the music of Girls Just Want to Have Fun. As for special effects, they aren't much to speak of but we don't care because it's the script carrying the film anyway. It's obvious that Eberhardt was working from a somewhat miniscule budget, and although there are a few scary moments when Zombies pop out of nowhere, it's the whole premise of two Valley Girls trying to survive in a desolate Los Angels while being chase around by monsters and evil scientists that will win you over. It's obvious from the narration in the opening moments that this is a B movie, but Eberhardt keeps things on track by never taking himself seriously or asking us to which is a major requirement in a film of this nature.

Night of the Comet is not currently available on VHS or DVD. You may catch it on Cable at some point if you don't own it. Your only other alternative is to purchase it on Ebay at your own risk. I was lucky enough to have taped it some years ago, and am glad of having done so.

It takes an offbeat sense of humor to make a film like Night of the Comets and have it succeed as well as it does. It takes a quirky sense of humor for someone watching it to appreciate the film for what it is: a cheesy plot-hole ridden B movie, with a lot of odd but good natured humor and with two lead actresses that are good enough to take us along for the ride. I bought it, hook, line, sinker, cheap special effects and everything else that went with it. And if I can buy into all this I have no choice but to give you my grade which for Night of the Comet is a B. Now excuse me for a second while I go check out the vents on my comet shelter.

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