I am using my authority as an influential figure on the internet, through virtue of my position as a writer for the rapidly ascendant Haunted MTL, to make a simple, bold statement that needs to be said:
You, big hot-shot producer in Hollywood looking to reintroduce a cult movie to the world. Stop looking at Night of the Comet. Just move on. Stop.
Go remake Silent Madness if you’re gonna remake anything. That movie could use some love.
On a personal level, I reject notions of remaking Night of the Comet because it is too perfect a distillation of 1980s horror cheese to be remade and I will do everything in my power to prevent this from happening.
Night of the Comet is a Perfect 80s Film
Bold of me to boil my argument down into my heading, but sometimes the truth is just readily apparent.
Night of the Comet is a sci-fi horror-comedy. Directed by Thom Eberhardt, it featured the talents of Catherine Mary Stewart, Rober Beltran, and Kelli Maroney. The film follows two sisters who survive in the Los Angeles area after an apocalyptic comet that has turned humans into dust or, even worse, vicious zombies.
I feel like I shouldn’t need to go further, but here we go.
The movie has everything: bullshit sci-fi explaining a zombie apocalypse, motorcycles, a mall-montage, secret government organizations, and gun-toting zombie stock boys. The movie is just completely bonkers but absolutely runs with it and there is not a moment to it that I find dull or ridiculous. It is just one of those movies that when I see it is around to watch… I watch it.
Just this week it was on Pluto TV, so I watched it. If I see Night of the Comet is on I watch Night of the Comet.
Then I saw it was added to Shudder the next day and… I watched it again. There is just something about Night of the Comet that compels me to watch.
Legacy and the 1980s
The movie is most definitely a cult classic, but still carries a lot of influence. Reggie Belmont is totally in the DNA of one Buffy Summers. You can currently catch Night of the Comet on Shudder, Pluto TV, and, fittingly enough Comet TV.
There is, of course, a trend to for a while now of revisiting the 80s in tone and style. Among the many productions that have done a good job with that is Stranger Things. I can’t help but look at Stranger Things as something approximate, though, something engineered to provoke a nostalgia that is just so readily apparent in a movie like Night of the Comet. Though I am not a child of the 1980s (born in ’87, thank you), something about Night of the Comet absolutely evokes the aesthetics and off-key elements of some of my favorite movies that come from the 1980s.
I guess ultimately that my concern is that a remake of Night of the Comet is going to go one of two ways: one is that the team will likely try to try to recapture the time and mode of the original film. That, of course, begs the question of why even remake it? More likely, though, is that audiences will get a movie inspired by Night of the Comet, with a lot of the same elements, but it won’t be Night of the Comet.
And sure, I expect it could be a great movie. But I’d rather someone try to accomplish what Night of the Comet did for a new generation, rather than repurpose what is already a pretty pitch-perfect goofball movie.
So, we should all take a stand and stop any attempt to remake such a unique and wonderful film.
Well crap, nevermind.
Let’s at least hope it’s good, right?