Good afternoon there my little moss sniffers….
Now i know that there are some fo you out there that, despite my best efforts, are rather positive in their outlook and are rather happy, well-adjusted people with few worries and a defecit of neuroses.
Now we can’t have that now, can we? and i think that the first thing you need to do right now is go and watch “The Power of Nightmares” by Adam Curtis, then read “Flat Earth News” by Nick Davies. After all of this you will start to experience feelings od depression and despondency. Perfect! You are now primed to take in this weeks instalment of THE SUNDAY MOVIE APOCALYPSE!
And this week we have a B-Movie classic of Space destruction and cosmic zombies. Minions, i give you NIGHT OF THE COMET.
Made in 1984, it tells the story of a LA valley girl named Regina, who has a boring life, a stupid sister, and an uncaring Stepmother. Forced to work at her local movie theater during a massive comet sighting, she ends up spending the night with her projector boyfriend while the earth passes through the tail of said rogue comet, wiping out most of all life on earth. Reggie and a rag-tag band of survivors must now survive against hordes of irradiated zombies and evil government scientists, as they rebuild their lives.
Night of the Comet is definitely a movie of the ’80s US West Coast, judging by the clothes, cars, music and Reagan-lite paranoia. there are also a few moments in the movie that you don’t really see in todays films that actually shock you (check the opening argument between Regina and her stepmother). Eagle eyed viewers will also spot one of the characters is played by Robert Beltran, better known as Commander Chakotay from Star Trek: Voyager. And while the film is certainly a tale of cosmic apocalypse, it certainly isn’t as bleak as most of the films I’ve shown in previous weeks as part of this series. Like many of the characters, it’s all a lot of good clean air-headed fun.
so wrap yourself in that duvet, turn off all the lights and experience red skies and dust, and space zombies who are after you flesh. Noms!!