‘Night of the Comet’ often gets hailed as a ‘classic eighties zombie film.’ And it is... even though it is a bit ‘light’ on the zombie side. In fact, I think I only saw about four of the undead (and two of them were in a dream!). However, if you can forgive the lack of blasting flesh-eaters’ brains out then you’ll find quite an enjoyable cult classic.
Yes, it was made in the eighties, therefore you have to put up with the obligatory big hair and bushy eyebrows. Basically... a freak comet turns 99% of the world’s population to piles of dust and clothes, leaving only two gun-totting (and yet slightly dappy) sisters to fend for themselves in a world (not very full of) zombie and rapists (or people who want to just simply do strange things with your precious blood).
Luckily for our two lycra-clad heroines, help is on hand by loveable trucker, played by Star Trek Voyager’s ‘Chakotay’ (probably his only other career-defining performance to date!). So... the three of them have to generally have to fight for their lives for the best part of the movie. And, for the record, the ‘best parts’ are the first and third acts. The middle segment is kind of taken up with the three of them hanging around a deserted radio station, which is a slight drop in pace when compared to the rest of the film.
This film is pure cheese. There will be plenty of people out there who will only see it as outdated and silly. And it is. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fun watch at the same time! So, if you want to spend an hour and a half of your time with a couple of girls whose hobbies include playing arcades, casual sex and Uzis, then give this one a go. You may just spot a zombie in there somewhere.