Night of the Comet (1984)

USA, 1984
94m 51s (UK)
35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American science fiction/horror film directed by Thom Eberhardt.

Plot Summary

A comet that hasn’t been this way since the age of the dinosaurs returns to Earth and within 24 hours, most of the population has been turned to dust or transformed into zombies. In Los Angeles, teenage sisters Regina and Samantha have survived the apocalypse and team up with another survivor, truck driver Hector. The arrival of a group of scientists who have survived the catastrophe in a top secret research facility just causes even more problems.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Thom Eberhardt
© 1984 Atlantic 9000, Inc.
Atlantic Releasing Corporation presents A Thomas Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt Presentation in association with Film Development Fund. From Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Executive Producers: Thomas Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt
Produced by: Andrew Lane and Wayne Crawford
Associate Producers: Nancy Israel and Sandra Scheik
Written by: Thom Eberhardt
Director of Photography: Arthur Albert
Editor: Fred Stafford
Music by: David Richard Campbell
Production Sound: One To One Sound
Key Costumer: Linda Linn
Make-up: William Snyder
Make-up Effects Designer: David B. Miller
Contact Lens Specialists: Dr Ronald Guiley, Dr Gary Etting, Dr Peter Rosenberg
Visual Effects Designer: John Muto
Visual Effects: Ted Rae
Special Effects: Court Wizard
Production Designer: John Muto
Filmed at: Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, California
Stunts: Debby Lynn Ross, Sandra Lee Gimpel
Casting by: Annette Benson
Extra Casting: Janet Cunningham

Cast
Robert Beltran (Hector Gomez)
Catherine Mary Stewart (Regina Belmont)
Kelli Maroney (Samantha Belmont)
Sharon Farrell (Doris Belmont)
Mary Woronov (Audrey)
Geoffrey Lewis (Dr Carter)
Michael Bowen (Larry Dupree)
Peter Fox (Dr Wilson)
John Achorn (Oscar)
Lissa Layng (Davenport)
Devon Ericson (minder)
Ivan E. Roth (Willy)
Chance Boyer (Brian)
Janice Kawaye (Sarah)
Andrew Boyer (Rogers)
Stanley Brock (Mel)
Marc Poppel (Danny Mason Kenner/DMK)
Raymond Lynch (Chuck)
Bob Perlow (TV reporter)
John Stuart West (monster cop)

Alternative Titles

Der Komet – Der Tod kommt aus dem All – Germany
Der Komet – Germany
La notte della cometa – Italy

See also
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
It Came from Outer Space (1953)

References

Periodicals

  • Interzone no.13, Autumn 85) p.31 – review (by Nick Lowe)

Books

  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.305 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.388
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.394
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.260-261 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.353-354
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.397-402 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Jules Verne on Film by Thomas C. Renzi pp.90-91
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower p.517 – note