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Friday, December 31, 2010
So Another Year Ends
I was trying hard to think of a movie to talk about for this post. While I do have a lot of movies I call favorites, not all of them are horror movies so that limits things a little bit. Around the time I started trying to figure out which movie I would watch for this post, it was about time for another HorrorHound Weekend. I wasn't able to go to this last one, but it did get me thinking about the last one I did get to go to. I met Catherine Mary Stewart there, and that got me thinking about Night Of The Comet (1984). Since I was really into this movie for a while, I decided it would make a good movie to talk about for this post.
I first watched Night Of The Comet when I was around 11-12 years old. I was spending the night with some friends and we all watched it that night. It was a fun time. Not all of us liked the movie but I did. With it being PG-13, I thought it was cool that my friend's parents were allowing us to watch it. I'm sure my own dad would have let me if I had asked, but I didn't. I wasn't really into horror movies when I watched Night Of The Comet but I still enjoyed it. In truth, this is what I call a lightweight horror movie. It was geared more towards teenagers and it works in that way. I did watch it more than once through my teen years, but watching it now...it didn't have the same appeal to me as it did back then (not that I am removed from those years by a lot). I still enjoyed revisiting it again, but I admit I was feeling a little bored with it this time.
In case you haven't watched it, the plot is pretty simple. A comet that rarely comes around is about to once again. Everyone seems to be pretty excited by this and most people seem to be outside to watch it in the night sky. Never mind that even if it passes by supper close, they still should be able to see it for days ahead of time. Anyway, Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) is your typical older teenager who works at her local move theater. Her younger sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney) is stuck at home with her stepmom (Sharon Farrell), who is having a comet party. Regina agrees to spend the night with a guy that works at the theater for a whole $15, while Samantha gets punched by her stepmom at home and spends the night in the shed to make her worry. Once the comet arrives, the sky puts on a show for everyone. In the morning Regina wakes up to discover a bunch of clothes and some red dust, but no one else seems to be around. The big city of LA is empty, even of cars it appears (which makes no sense at all for a major city). What are two teenaged girls to do?
I noticed a few things, like the cars, that bugged me when I watched it this time around. I'm sure I noticed it years back, but just wasn't paying as much attention to it then, and maybe I wasn't as smart then either. I have always thought that those that were fairly well protected from the outside somehow survived whatever happened with the comet. When I was watching it this time though, the scientists that were holed away under the ground have ran into a problem because they left the air vents open when the comet passed by. This suggests whatever it was passed through the air, which means that everyone should be dead or dying since nothing is air tight.
Those things aside, I still had fun watching Night Of The Comet again. I have always liked Stewart in the few movies I have watched her in. I keep meaning to watch other movies of hers, but I never seem to get around to it. It is mostly movies from the '80s that I have watched her in so far. Kelli Maroney also puts in a good performance. I did find it funny that she knew so much about guns this time around. Well they both did actually but it was pushed more for Maroney's character. I can't forget to mention Robert Beltran who has a smaller, but no less important role in the movie. It was also cool to see Geoffrey Lewis as well.
Another small thing that bothered me some was that they only run into a few people in LA. I figure more people would have survived but that is a minor thing to me really. One of the things that I remember clearly from when I first watched Night Of The Comet is when the sisters decide to raid the stores. I remember thinking that is what I would have done when there wouldn't be anyone around to stop me from doing it. Hell I still dream of that! I might have felt a little bored with Night Of The Comet this time around, but I still consider it to be a favorite of mine. It might be a bit slow in places, but it is still a fun movie overall.
I do hope everyone has a fun but safe new year. I have something coming up for the start of my 6th year as a blogger, something that I hope some of you will help out with again like last year, but you can do this with your own blogs instead of mine this time around. Happy New Year everyone, see you all next year!