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Writer:
Thom Eberhardt (written by)
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Release Date:
16 November 1984 (USA) See more »
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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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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(132 articles)
Special London Screening of Night of the Comet with Catherine Mary Stewart
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A forgotten gem from the 80's See more (151 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
Sherry Dreizen .... art assistant
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
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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Runtime:
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 | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #27376)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The production designer, John Muto, used what he describes a "comic book" sensibility for the film. Characters were given specific colors, with the bad guys in blues and grays and the girls in colors. Regina's colors were deeper than Sam's to reflect that Regina was more intellectual than Sam and that Sam was wackier than Regina. For example, Sam's cheerleading outfit is made in magenta and turquoise to make it really stand out.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Regina first enters her house, the cereal box and milk are on the kitchen counter before Regina finds Samantha upstairs. After Regina finds Samantha upstairs and they enter the kitchen, the cereal box and milk are not there. Samantha gathers the cereal and milk and places them on the kitchen counter.See more »
Quotes:
Samantha:[calling across the street to the others after Regina pushes the crosswalk button] What are you waiting for?
Hector Gomez:We're waiting for the light to change.
Regina Belmont:We DO NOT cross against the light!
Samantha:[looks at the red crosswalk light] Are you nuts, auntie Regina?
Regina Belmont:[sighs] You may as well face the facts Samantha. The whole burden of civilization has fallen upon us.
Samantha:What's that supposed to mean?
Regina Belmont:It MEANS we do not cross against the light!
Samantha:[walks out into the street] That's totally stupid, there's nobody here! See, we're talking ghost town!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dance of the Dead (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Learn to Love AgainSee more »

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63 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
A forgotten gem from the 80's, 16 January 2005
Author: thirdi from United States

There's a lot worth forgetting about the 80's but one of the few things that decade of big hair and keyboard-drowned-music had was some of the best horror and sci-fi comedies of any time. There have been funny scary movies before and scary funny movies since, but some of the best examples of those perfectly balanced action, horror, and science fiction comedies were made in the 80's. I'm thinking of other good ones like Fright Night, American Werewolf in London, Big Trouble in Little China and on maybe a level or two below films like Return of The Living Dead and Toxic Avenger. Some people use the term spoof when referring to a lot of these movies but that's the wrong word in my opinion. Naked Gun and Airplane were spoofs, movies like Night of the Comet and Fright Night were genuine horror films that had a nice mixture of scares, drama, and tongue-in-cheek laughs. All of these elements of different genres are what made these movies unique.

While classic might be a little too strong of a word to describe Night of the Comet, I agree with most other folks here that it is a great low-budget 80's movie (maybe not low-budget, but definitely not big-budget). There was a vast amount of post-apocalyptic, low-budget horror films in the 80's but this is one that stands apart due to writer-director Thom Eberhardt's sharp, don't-take-it-all-too-seriously slant. Just the idea alone of two valley girls being among the small group of survivors of a world ending disaster is pretty cool. It took a familiar science fiction idea and made it somewhat original. But more importantly it was perfect for the times. Take Dawn of the Dead, mix in Valley Girl and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and you've got an excellent foundation for scares, action, drama and of course laughs.

The acting all around is very good for this type of flick and while it certainly isn't perfect, the entertaining and fun spirit of the movie make up for any flaws. It also can't be said enough that the presence of Catherine Mary Stewart definitely helps to elevate the movie. She was one of the most beautiful and under-appreciated actresses of the 80's and despite being in a few bigger movies and shows (The Last Starfighter, Nighthawks, Mischief, Weekend at Bernie's, Days of Our Lives, etc...), she just never really became the household name she seemed destined to be. Although no doubt she has plenty of fans like me. Unlike many lead actresses of the day in this genre, she was actually a very capable actress. Both she and Kelli Maroney give knock-out performances as two teenage girls just trying to cope with brain-eating zombies and the end of the world.

If curiosity about this movie has led you here, then I would pay little attention to the few negative reviews and trust the fact that the large majority of comments here are positive about this film. Maybe Night of the Comet isn't a forgotten "classic" by the normal standards, but it was certainly a cut above the typical low-budget horror/post-apocalyptic movies of the 80's and deserves to be seen by many. What it doesn't deserve is its current state of obscurity, its too-low rating on IMDb, and to not be available on DVD. That's the real shame of it all.

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