I had to check I hadn’t written about this already, because I love it. “Night of the Comet” is total girl power. What if it was the end of the world? Would you have fun? I should have maybe saved this as an alternative Christmas movie but I’ve got a lot more.
Following on from “Repo Man”, this is another Eighties cult classic that is wonderful and is very influential in its own right. It’s definitely worth a watch – especially if you remember the Eighties. It’s very, very Eighties, but also very, very entertaining.
It’s a low-budget B-movie about two Valley Girl sisters who survive when almost everyone else on Earth gets turned to dust by, yes, a comet (or, because it’s a metaphor, you can insert coronavirus in there if you need a dark laugh right now). So there’s no need for extras in the film!
Instead of freaking out about the end of the world the sisters are so kickass they *mostly* take it in their stride. Of course, they eventually come across a few other survivors – some good, some bad, and some who are basically zombies.
It has one of my favourite music sequences ever, when the sisters momentarily go wild to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, played from a boom box. It sums up their attitude, and the whole movie in general.
Joss Whedon was inspired by Samantha, the younger sister, to create “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, which has influenced a massive amount of pop culture. Neil Gaiman also said it was one of the most amusing, witty, imaginative, and thought-provoking low budget films he’d ever seen.
Supposedly a remake is in the works. I hope they do as good a job as they did 35 years ago. It used to be available on Netflix. Unfortunately, now I can only find the full movie on YouTube, but in low resolution. Arghh… it’s the end of the world as we know it!