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A hidden gem of a cult sf / horror movie,
This review is from: Night Of The Comet [DVD] (DVD)
At long last this cult masterpiece from the 1980s makes it to dvd. I have no idea why this film isn't better known as it has everything the fan of horror and sf could want. The plot is familiar in which a few likeable characters wake up one day to find that they are the last people left on earth. A comet passed by in the night - the one that wiped out the dinosaurs - and has killed everyone except the lucky few who happened to be hidden away behind steel walls. Those who didn't get killed have been turned into zombies. The plucky survivors band together, but then danger arrives from an unexpected direction...
This film stands out from the many others, some big budget, that have tried this end-of-the-world formula. It does so with a great collection of entertaining leads featuring Catherine Stewart and Kelli Maroney along with a pre-Trek Robert Beltran and a memorable cameo from Geoffrey Lewis. The story delivers a great deal of tension from not only the zombies but the horror of the situation while not taking itself too seriously. It also has some surprising twists and has a satisfying ending that pushes past the usual formula of wondering who'll survive and who'll get killed horribly. In short this film comes over as effortless in the way it's been made and is a joyful piece of entertainment that is a text-book example of the sleeper movie.