Monday, April 02, 2007

[Movie] Night of the Comet on DVD

You can snatch this up at Wal-Mart for under $10.

Check it out, but don't believe what the box says about this film being a cross between George Romero zombie films and "Valley Girl." In fact, "Night of the Comet," if you go in expecting a comedy at all, will disappoint you. It's a good horror/ zombie film that happens to have the occasional elements of humor. It shares a lot in common with "28 Days Later," in that there's a worldwide event that results in a lot of humanity being lost, and it's a story told in a general four-act structure.

The two heroines are as unlikely a pair of heroines as you're likely to find in most any horror film. But, as much as "Alien" and "Scream" and "Halloween" are lauded for featuring women in strong, survivor roles, this film deserves to be mentioned in the same breath. Good scary make-up in this one, and some genuine suspense. And, odd as it may sound, there's a genuinely good reason why this movie usher chick would know how to shoot an AK with pretty solid accuracy.

I want to go on record, too, that Geoffery Lewis is every bit as good a horror movie superstar player as Lance Henriksen and John Saxon are.

A 2 3/4 count.

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