• A Review Page For Those Movies You Watch At Home!

    Couch Potato Movie Reviews is, obviously, a blog that exclusively reviews movies. What makes this blog different is the fact that all of the films we are reviewing are all movies that are available on home movie rental companies such as Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, and your quickly disappearing neighborhood rental store. This blog is designed to take a more detailed look at those movies that either were sent straight to DVD, received a very limited release in the theaters, or were distributed through the art house or film festival circuit. We will also review those big Hollywood films, but only after they are available for home viewing.

    All the reviews are written by fans of the great art of film making rather than some newspaper reviewer or stuffy film student. We don’t know everything about film but we do know what we like, and we are more than happy to share our opinions with you. What you do with those opinions are totally up to you, although comments are welcome and encouraged.

    Each film review has a one to five star rating at the end of the critique. Here is what those star ratings mean for you couch potatoes:

    * * * * * : Five stars: go and buy this one, don’t just rent it!

    * * * * : Four stars: put this at the top of your rental list.

    * * * : Three stars: average, not bad just not great either.

    * * : Two stars: only rent if you have to see everything.

    * : One star: don’t waste your time with this.

Night Of The Comet

TITLE: Night Of The Comet

YEAR: 1984

GENRE: Science Fiction and Comedy

The 1980’s was one of the great eras for science fiction films. With four of the Star Trek films with original cast members, the two best Star Wars films in the saga, The Road Warrior, and The Terminator all being relased in a  relatively short period of time, the Reagan era brought to life many of the characters that are now standard in the sci-fi world. Whether it was Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” defense program, the advent of NASA’s space shuttle program, or the Cold War there was something in the air that inspired film makers to create some of the very best science fiction that the movie world had seen before or since. Although a lesser known film, Night Of The Comet is one of those sci-fi productions that is memorable for its characters and story albeit on a different, lighter level.

A giant comet is swinging by the earth and just about everybody wants to be outside to view the upcoming celestial happening. The comet has a detrimental impact on the planet and vaporizes most of the planet’s inhabitants into a red dust, and most of the rest become ghouls. Two sisters named Regina (played by Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) were not impacted by the comet’s passing and are now left in an empty Los Angeles with no parental supervision. They end up going to a radio station that is still on the air and meet Hector (Robert Beltran), and the three bond together in an effort to survive against a marauding herd of zombies. When a government plot supervised by Audrey (Mary Woronov) is hatched to gather up surviving humans to make a serum out of their blood, the threesome must save a handful of children who are captured by the evil scientists. Will Hector and the ladies save the day, or will they become victims to yet another government effort to take advantage of its citizens?

Night Of The Comet is an interesting blend of comedy and thrills that make it one of the more memorable drive-in science fiction films of the 1980’s. Stewart and Maroney are both excellent as Valley Girl sisters and give us some terrific scenes including the one where they decide to tackle their depression about the reality of the society by invading a local mall and shopping for new clothes. Maroney is especially comical when the twosome test out some machine guns they raided from a store; when the gun jams Maroney states that “Daddy would have gotten us Uzi’s”. The special effects are limited and quaint in nature; to show the change in the atmosphere the cameraman uses a red filter to shoot a cloudy skyline and it is used repeatedly throughout the production. The story is light and fluffy especially compared to other post-apocalyptic films of the era which make Night Of The Comet a more fun film. In addition, the ending is interesting enough and is fairly optimistic in nature which again was lacking in much of sci-fi from the era.

This film will not make the annals of classic science fiction, but Night Of The Comet is en entertaining adventure through the wasteland of humanity. In an era where the Valley Girl mentality was at its peak, Stewart and especially Maroney play the vapid nonchalant teenagers well and raise this production above what it could have been. There is a definite following for this film, as occasional cast reunions are being hosted by various horror and comic book conventions around the United States. There is a reason why this motion picture is remembered, as Night Of The Comet is an interesting and pleasurable romp through the wasteful mentality of 1980’s culture. This film is a bit dated in terms of looks and the poofy hair, but Night Of The Comet is sure to entertain fans who are looking for lighter, fluffy sci-fi fare.

* * * 1/2

–Mark

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