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Night of the Comet

Original 1984 theatrical poster
Directed by Thom Eberhardt
Produced by Andrew Lane
Wayne Crawford
Written by Thom Eberhardt
Starring Catherine Mary Stewart
Kelli Maroney
Robert Beltran
Music by David Richard Campbell
Cinematography Arthur Albert
Editing by Fred Stafford
Distributed by Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Release date(s) November 16, 1984 (USA)
Running time 95 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $3,000,000 (estimated) (Director has stated $700,000)
Gross revenue $14,418,922 (USA) (sub-total)
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Night of the Comet is a 1984 science fiction film directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, and Kelli Maroney. Image File history File links NightoftheCometPoster. ... Thom Eberhardt (born March 7, 1947) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Andrew Lane is a french horn soloist and conductor. ... Thom Eberhardt (born March 7, 1947) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Catherine Mary Stewart, née Nursall (born April 22, 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian actress. ... Kelli Joan Maroney is an American actress who has starred in film and in television. ... Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is an American actor best known for his role as Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager. ... Fred Stafford (Born 3rd August 1926) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL). ... Atlantic Releasing Corporation was an independent film distributor that lasted from 1981 until 1988. ... is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Thom Eberhardt (born March 7, 1947) is an American film director, producer and writer. ... Catherine Mary Stewart, née Nursall (born April 22, 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian actress. ... Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is an American actor best known for his role as Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager. ... Kelli Joan Maroney is an American actress who has starred in film and in television. ...

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Plot

The Earth passes through the tail of a comet, which dooms all human and animal life except for those who happened to be completely enclosed inside metal containers (for example, the three main protagonists spend the night in a metal shed, a steel-lined projection room, and an 18-wheeler's trailer). Unprotected people and animals quickly dehydrate and turn into piles of red calcium dust. Those only partially exposed first gradually degenerate into cannibalistic zombies for hours or days before succumbing. Comet Hale-Bopp Comet West For other uses, see Comet (disambiguation). ... Dehydration (hypohydration) is the removal of water (hydro in ancient Greek) from an object. ... For other uses see Zombie (disambiguation) A zombie is a kind of undead, or figuratively, a very apathetic person. ...


Two sisters, eighteen-year-old Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and sixteen-year-old Samantha (Kelli Maroney) Belmont ("Reggie" and "Sam"), are among the few survivors. The sisters are military brats; they were taught self-defense techniques and how to use firearms by their father, an Army officer. After realizing what has happened, they hear a disk jockey on the radio and head to the station, only to find that it is only a recording. However, they do meet another survivor there, trucker Hector Gomez (Robert Beltran). Catherine Mary Stewart, née Nursall (born April 22, 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian actress. ... Kelli Joan Maroney is an American actress who has starred in film and in television. ... Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is an American actor best known for his role as Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager. ...


When Sam talks on the air, she attracts the attention of researchers in an underground government think tank. They had suspected and prepared for the comet's effects, but "left the vents open" during its passing. In order to save themselves, they hunt down healthy survivors to harvest their blood to hold off the mystery disease while they try to create an antidote. This article is about the institution. ... Human blood smear: a - erythrocytes; b - neutrophil; c - eosinophil; d - lymphocyte. ...


Hector then leaves to see if any of his family survived. The girls, in true Valley girl fashion, take advantage of the unexpected turn of events to go shopping, to the tune of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun". After a firefight, they are taken prisoner by some slowly-dying department store stock boys, who demand payment for their 'purchases'. They are rescued just in time by a rescue party from the think tank. For other uses, see Valley girl (disambiguation). ... Girls Just Want To Have Fun was the first major single released by singer Cyndi Lauper as a solo artist. ...


Reggie is taken back to their facility; Audrey White (Mary Woronov), a dying, disillusioned scientist, lies to her co-workers, telling them that Sam had been exposed. She stays behind with Sam, pretending to kill the young woman with a lethal injection. When Hector returns, Audrey gives him enough information for him and Sam (who was only put to sleep) to concoct a plan to rescue Reggie; then she commits suicide. Hector and Sam free Reggie and two other survivors (a boy and a girl) also being held captive. Some of the researchers are killed in the escape, while the rest succumb to the disease. Mary Woronov (b. ...


Eventually rain washes away the red dust, leaving the world in pristine condition. The group turns into a conventional family unit, except for Sam, who feels left out. When she ignores Reggie's warning and crosses a deserted street against the light, she is almost run over by a car driven by Danny Mason Kenner, a boy her own age. After apologizing, he invites her to go for a ride.


References in Popular Culture

  • In an episode of the television show Benson entitled "Last Man on Earth," Kraus has a crazy dream where she and Benson are the last survivors on earth. The episode is a parody of Night of the Comet right down to people being reduced to red dust.

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Home video

Night of the Comet was released on VHS cassette on August 30, 1985 and distributed by CBS/FOX Video. A second US VHS printing, distributed by Goodtimes Video, was released on August 30, 1990. The film was officially released on Region 1 DVD on March 6th, 2007.[1] Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... CBS/Fox Video was a home video company formed and established in 1982. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ...


Cast

Catherine Mary Stewart, née Nursall (born April 22, 1959 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian actress. ... Kelli Joan Maroney is an American actress who has starred in film and in television. ... Robert Adame Beltran (born November 19, 1953) is an American actor best known for his role as Commander Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager. ... Sharon Farrell is an actress who appeared in such films as The Reivers (with Steve McQueen), Marlowe, Its Alive, Night of the Comet, The Stunt Man (with Peter OToole), and the Dennis Hopper movie Out of the Blue. ... Mary Woronov (b. ... Geoffrey Lewis (born July 31, 1935) is an American character actor who has been popular since the early 1970s, often featured in offbeat roles. ... Michael Bowen (born June 21, 1953 in Texas) is an American actor. ... Janice Kawaye, born Hiromi Kawaye (of which she has also been credited) in 1970, is an Japanese-born American actress notable for providing the voices of Jenny XJ-9 Wakeman on My Life as a Teenage Robot, Ami on Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, as well as Gi on Captain Planet...

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Section 1: What is a Comet? (1244 words)
Comets are small, fragile, irregularly shaped bodies composed of a mixture of non-volatile grains and frozen gases.
Comets are cold bodies, and we see them only because the gases in their comae and tails fluoresce in sunlight (somewhat akin to a fluorescent light) and because of sunlight reflected from the solids.
As a comet ages from many trips close to the Sun, there is evidence that it loses most of its ices, or at least those ices anywhere near the nucleus surface, and becomes just a very fragile old "rock" in appearance, indistinguishable at a distance from an asteroid.
Night of the Comet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (524 words)
Night of the Comet is a 1984 science fiction film directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Kelli Maroney.
The Earth passes through the tail of a comet, which dooms all animal life except for those who happened to be completely enclosed inside metal containers (for example, one of the movie's protagonists spends the night in the trailer of an 18-wheeler).
Night of the Comet was not just a movie updated to fit a more modern culture (such as Cronenberg's The Fly), but was more of a comedic parody (such as the Return of the Living Dead series of films).
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