95 min., 1984
Written by Thom Eberhardt
Directed by Thom Eberhardt
My rating: ★★★★
A fun end of the world movie!
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The movie begins with everyone going crazy over a comet that is going to be passing really close to the Earth. There are two sisters that aren’t that interested in the comet and decide to do other things. Reggie Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart) stays after closing at her work to have some sex and her sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney) had a fight with their stepmother, Doris (Sharon Farrell) and ends up staying in the yard shed. The morning after the comet, almost everyone has disappeared and in their place are piles of red dust. Reggie and Sam meet up and try to figure out what has happened and they also hear the radio DJ talking on the radio. They head there and find out that it’s just a recording. While there they meet another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), and him and Reggie start to get close. Did I forget to mention that a zombie type of person killed Reggie’s “boyfriend”? So what are Reggie and Sam going to do with almost no one else around? Go fucking shopping!
Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney are both great in the movie. Catherine does come off, at times, pretty stale but nothing too bad. Kelli does a great job of showing both the fun loving side and the very sad side of a person. When she is talking about a senior that was supposed to like her, but now he’s dead, she really does sell that she is upset. When the girls are going on their shopping spree they look and act how most people would act in that situation. Yes there are people who would instantly think about saving all of society, but I think most would indulge and just let loose, then they would realize how bad things are.
The effects are very much on the minor end in the movie. There aren’t that many to speak of, but when they are on screen they are pretty bad. The “zombies” looked like they had pieces of meat just glued to their faces and it’s kinda laughable, but it worked well with the overall feel of the movie. It wasn’t too painful, but I felt they could have done a little bit of a better job.
Now this is just a fun movie. There is some slowdown time, but nothing that really hurts the movie in any major way. The acting is pretty good and the effects are also good, but it’s the overall feel of the movie that makes it so enjoyable. We have two girls that can fend for themselves, Reggie is the hand to hand fighter and Sam is the gun girl, dealing with something that is global. Tough female leads before it became the norm and they sell the fact that they can handle themselves. The overall global extinction is handled very well, because it could have gotten very lame, very fast, but they kept it going at a good pace and didn’t make the situation that unbelievable. Sometimes the best way to handle a terrible situation is to just have a good time and deal with the crap later on.Have You Read...?