Posts Tagged ‘Arcade’

night of the cometKelli Maroney (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) was recently local to me when she appeared at Rock And Shock in Worcester, but unfortunately I did not get to meet her. I had seen her in many films, but the one film that I did not get to see her in until today was the 1984 horror comedy Night Of The Comet. All of California and most of the country I believe is excited because a rare comet is about to pass the Earth. Everyone is making a big deal about it except for two sisters in Samantha (Maroney) and Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart). When both sisters wake up the next day, they realize that everyone is gone and that they have been turned to dust thanks to the comet, but whoever was only exposed a little bit is being turned into zombies and there is a group of evil scientists looking for survivors who weren’t exposed. The film also stars Robert Beltran (Lone Wolf McQuade) as Hector, Sharon Farrell (Arcade) as Doris, Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000) as Audrey White, Geoffrey Lewis (Bronco Billy) as Dr. Carter, Peter Fox (Simon & Simon) as Dr. Wilson, John Achorn (Teen Wolf) as Oscar, Ivan E. Roth (Dead Heat) as Willy, Michael Bowen (On The Line) as Larry, Devon Ericson (Quincy M.E.) as Minder, and the film was directed by Thom Eberhardt (Captain Ron).

AR-310249889There are movies that are just too awful that they are not enjoyable to watch and then there are films that are campy and cheesy, but they are so enjoyable to watch. This is one of those films that is campy and cheesy that is so much fun to watch. I have always thought that Geoffrey Lewis was a great actor, but he looks like Andy Warhol trying to be a scientist in a film with that ridiculous wig on his head. Every time I saw him on screen, I giggled a little bit. I loved the idea of what happens to Earth if it’s only survivors are two valley girls from California and I believe this movie best represents that. I thought it was also funny that they couldn’t get the rights to have Cyndi Lauper’s version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun so they used a cover of the track for the film by Tami Holbrook (voice of Tommy Pickles of Rugrats). I definitely believe that the make up and special effects artists deserve some kudos for a job well done on the zombies and the people that slowly are turning into zombies. I think that was more creepy than the full blown zombies in the film. I thought the writing was great because they knew exactly what kind of a film that they wanted and they went for it. The acting was also a highlight because a film like this is not enjoyable if the acting sucks. I had a lot of fun watching this film so I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.