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Hungry' How about a huge chunk of '80s cheese' NIGHT OF THE COMET 2!'!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with something cool for us '80s cheese fans out there. Now, I didn't grow up with NIGHT OF THE COMET, like some of my other favorite '80s cheese flicks like BLOOD DINER and NIGHT OF THE CREEPS. Matter of fact I've just recently seen this gem myself. I have too much nostalgia for stuff like HOUSE and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS to put it among those films, but it was a ton of fun.

Now it has been announced that a sequel with the same cast and same director is in the works. Here's the press release below!

Kelli Maroney, who starred in the sci-fi classic “Night of the Comet” as Sam (“the little girl with the big gun”), will reprise her role in the sequel, NIGHT OF THE COMET II, which she will co-produce with Charlie Mason for his company, Ride the Rail Entertainment, which is clearing the rights.

The original film, long unavailable on DVD or video, was written and directed by Thom Eberhardt, and starred Maroney, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Geoffrey Lewis and Catherine Mary Stewart, some of whom will reprise their original roles.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring this one back,” said Maronrey, dropping into character as Sam the Cheerleader. “Like, what’s up with it not being out there? I’m so sure it totally has to be….”

In the original “Night of the Comet,” a comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls (Maroney and Stewart) to fight evil flesh-eating zombies who survive the disaster. The zombies are led by mad scientists Lewis and Woronov. The girls hook up with a friendly truck driver (Beltran) and survive, presumably to repopulate the Earth.

The original film was financed by the Film Development Fund and released domestically by Atlantic Releasing Corp, Paramount, and CBS-Fox Video.

If you've seen the movie then you know the ending isn't exactly a cliff hanger... I'm curious to see where this goes. I hope it's not going to be done on the ultra-cheap with direct-to-DVD production values. The first one obviously didn't have a huge budget, but what was grade B then and what is grade B now is quite a different quality level. Maybe it's the advent of digital photography or the fact that B films hardly ever see a theater screen (thanks to the near elimination of drive-ins and the ease of video/cable), so the filmmakers skimp on the production design and lighting. Who knows? I just know I'd be sad if this is a cheapo direct to DVD follow-up.

I'm currently in the process of contacting some of those involved to get some more dirt on the project, so stay tuned!

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  • Sept. 6, 2005, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Sounds good to me!

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    And while we're on the general subject, "House" is a great flick. Saw it on old VHS recently and enjoyed it more than ever. It's held up well.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 3:47 a.m. CST

    NotC2: Revenge of Halley's Comet

    by Jubba

    "this time it's personal" first!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 3:59 a.m. CST

    i dunno...

    by YodaButter2000

    I have a bad feeling about this. Where can they possibly go after that ending? Plus, let's face it, a huge part of the charm of the first movie is the mix of 80s teen movie cheese with 80s schlocky horror. Good luck to them though. I hope it turns out good. And, if this helps in getting the first one released on DVD, it'll all be worth it.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:08 a.m. CST

    I got confused for a second.

    by jollysleeve

    I actually thought for a second they were making a sequel to the light, whimsical romp starring Tim Daley and Penelope Ann Miller.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:20 a.m. CST

    what?

    by Henry Fool

    I remember watching &#39;Night of the Comet&#39; on cable years ago. It was actually a very funny movie. It had a lot of satire, sort of like a smart 80&#39;s teen comedy like &#39;Fast Times at Ridgemont High&#39; mixed with one of Romero&#39;s &#39;Dead&#39; films. I can&#39;t really imagine them going forward with this one without Cathernin Mary Stewart. She&#39;s been out of the loop a long time (after &#39;Nightflyers&#39;, who wouldn&#39;t be?) so it&#39;d be nice to see her return. I&#39;m kind of curious to see how this plays out. Then again, watching &#39;The Hills Have Eyes 2&#39; nearly ruined the first one, which is a horror classic. Still, NOTC was not the classic THHE was so I&#39;m not really worried about the first film being tainted by a sequel. Besides I can&#39;t get enough good 80&#39;s nostalgia. Sure, I hated the Reagan administration but that was a long time ago <G>...

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:21 a.m. CST

    what?

    by Henry Fool

    I remember watching &#39;Night of the Comet&#39; on cable years ago. It was actually a very funny movie. It had a lot of satire, sort of like a smart 80&#39;s teen comedy like &#39;Fast Times at Ridgemont High&#39; mixed with one of Romero&#39;s &#39;Dead&#39; films. I can&#39;t really imagine them going forward with this one without Cathernin Mary Stewart. She&#39;s been out of the loop a long time (after &#39;Nightflyers&#39;, who wouldn&#39;t be?) so it&#39;d be nice to see her return. I&#39;m kind of curious to see how this plays out. Then again, watching &#39;The Hills Have Eyes 2&#39; nearly ruined the first one, which is a horror classic. Still, NOTC was not the classic THHE was so I&#39;m not really worried about the first film being tainted by a sequel. Besides I can&#39;t get enough good 80&#39;s nostalgia. Sure, I hated the Reagan administration but that was a long time ago <G>...

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Ain&#39;t It Cool?

    by the maven

    I absolutely love "Night of the Comet." And you even threw in a name check for "Blood Diner" and "Night of the Creeps," one of my favorite movies of all time ("Thrill me."/"Girls, I have good news and bad news." "What&#39;s the good news?" "Your dates are here." "Uh, what&#39;s the bad news?" "They&#39;re dead."). Quint, you da man.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 5:04 a.m. CST

    DMK

    by Marco_Xavier

    If nothing else, this guarantees the original finally gets a DVD release, so I could care less if the sequal sucks. Fucksake though, Maroney was too old to play a high school cheerleader again by the mid-80&#39;s, so imagine what kind of GILF gear they&#39;ll have to put her in this time out. It&#39;s a shame we won&#39;t get Geoffrey Lewis again (unless they go full-on zombies in this one), but he already had a nice comeback turn in "Devil&#39;s Rejects." Maybe in this one the girls will battle Pat Hingle & Tackleberry!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:31 a.m. CST

    While we are on the subject of zombie films, Land of the Dead su

    by krullboy

    I know, day late and a dollar short, but I just saw LOTD for the first time this weekend (at the Korean premier no less), and it sucked King Kong balls. If that didn&#39;t kill the Zombie genre films, Night of the Comet 2 will. Romero lovers, flame away!!!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan says "Let&#39;s Play Scary Noises BROTHER!!"

    by LargoJr

    The idea that someone actually thought this was a good idea is what scares me more then anything... what&#39;s next? Pirate Movie 2 - Shipwreck Boogaloo staring Kristy McNichol & Christopher Atkins? Also.. showing what a fucking hump Lucas is.. it stared an actor whos 1st name is.. get this... ANAKIN!!!! ROFLMFAO

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:58 a.m. CST

    FUCK YOU LOTD RULED ALL

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    ROMERO HATERS GO HOME!!!!!!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:04 a.m. CST

    PowerPack

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    What kind of sick motherfucker would name a pre-teen boy superhero "mAss Master"? Anyways Fantastic Four was the wave of the future, a sign of what&#39;s to come. Oh well, they&#39;re just superhero comix, who cares. Keeps Hollywood too busy to wreck works of literature.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:06 a.m. CST

    DAMN YOU COLORADO KOOL-AID

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I posted to the wrong talkback. Damn you Coors. At least I didn&#39;t go on ebay and by $50 worth of Wilf Carter albums this time.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:11 a.m. CST

    What?

    by radio1_mike

    I saw Night of the Comet when it came out. It was a great movie. But it does not, I repeat, does not need a sequel. I thought, I was big on 80&#39;s nostalgia (I lived through them as a teen), but you guys who WANT this movie are freaks.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Subplot 1: Samantha and Doris deal with menopause hot flashes.

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Hopefully, they&#39;ll be milfs.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 7:56 a.m. CST

    MILFS?? Ewwww...

    by LargoJr

    Sorry.. but she&#39;s just not hot enough to be having sex with her own kids. I mean.. they WERE faced with the reality that they have to re-populate the planet right? Maybe when she was younger, but now that she&#39;s old and flaps in the wind Jr gonna be hard pressed to tap that wrinkled, celulite riddled ass.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8 a.m. CST

    And LOTD was a steamy festering dog-turd and YOU KNOW IT

    by LargoJr

    Geezusss.. the way some people get rabid over a particular actor or directors performances as if they can do no wrong frightens me. I Thing Bruce Campbell is an awesome guy.. and has had some true cult hit clasics... but for every gem theres been a 1/2 dozen meadow muffins baking in the sun. GET OVER IT ya flat headed, shit flinging PRIMATES!!! LOTD sucked leaky, dingleberry ridden ASS-WRINKLES

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:41 a.m. CST

    One City Dude

    by Henry Jones Jr.

    What we saw was how people in one city beat the zombies- there could have easily been other survivors all over the country, and the world. Since they want to use some of the same people, and so much time has past, they are going to have to come up with some creative storyline. I loved Night of the Comet, I&#39;d love to get the DVD of it.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:41 a.m. CST

    This is further confirmation

    by Darth Busey

    that Hollywood has completely run out of original ideas. The only people who are tickled by this news is Catharine Mary Stewart, who can escape playing soccer mom for a month or two, and Robert Beltran, who can now afford that 2004 PT Cruiser he&#39;s had his eye on for quite some time.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:08 a.m. CST

    LOTD was lame

    by fried samurai

    Sorry guys just deal with it.Romero fucked it up.The best zombie stories are being told in comic book form.The Walking Dead rules..peace

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Cool!

    by DocPazuzu

    You haters suck the big one. First you whine your asses off about remakes, which to be honest I do most of the time as well. However, I don&#39;t bitch when they actually go ahead and make a mind-bogglingly unnecessary sequel to a third-rate 1980s geek flick. The way I see it is the more time that&#39;s passed, the more obscure the original is, the more of the original cast they can assemble and the less interest there is today makes the thing un-fucking-missable. Show me someone who doesn&#39;t want to see sequels to The Last Starfighter, Krull, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, V, Evilspeak and Trick or Treat and I&#39;ll show you someone who needs a swift and furious kick to the balls. And where the FUCK are the Night of the Creeps and Rock &#39;n&#39; Roll Nightmare DVDs?!?

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Catherine Mary Stewart must be in this...

    by zer0cool2k2

    ...otherwise, what&#39;s the point? To me, this was one of the most underrated of the 80&#39;s cheese horror/sci-fi flicks, along with Spellbinder (which will probably never see DVD) and April Fool&#39;s Day (which finally did a couple of years ago).

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 9:52 a.m. CST

    if it`s really a sequel and not a remake.....I`m there

    by silverdog

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:02 a.m. CST

    NOTC DVD!?!?!?!

    by Sinisterjim

    Where the hell is it? I don&#39;t care about a sequel, I want the original on DVD...and where is Night of the Creeps?!?!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Vamp

    by Fortunesfool

    yeah and Vamp with Grace Jones.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    NOTC was an awesome flick...when I was 8.

    by Dorsiafan

    If we were somehow able to go back in time and make a sequel in 1986 - excellent. Making a sequel to the film two decades later is just...weird. Oh well, should be interesting to watch the premiere on SCI-FI in a year or so.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:23 a.m. CST

    This could be good news.

    by Thavertop

    Loved the original, keeping my fingers crossed for this sequel. I&#39;m trying to imagine a generation of survivors that have been raised by valley girls. :-P Like, OMG! When the DVD of the original hits the shelves I&#39;ll be there with money in hand.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:32 a.m. CST

    "God--They look like the Brady Bunch..."

    by Bones

    An absolutely fantastic film--low budget, a good sense of humour and pathos--Atar&#39;s TEMPEST..one of the best video games of the 80&#39;s and did I mention how hot the girls were? I mean, I fell head over heels for Catherine Mary Stewart in this movie--She&#39;s right up there with Mary Stewart Masterson and Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio as my favorite three-named actresses. It was also very quotable: "Let&#39;s Play a Game...It&#39;s called &#39;Scary Noises&#39;" "Daddy would have got us Uzis" "He was eating a dead cat...well, Mostly Dead..." "The Burden of Civilization has fallen on us...Bitchen&#39; Huh?" Good Stuff! Now I just hope the sequel doesn&#39;t suck.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:51 a.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by Darksider

    A sequel to a twenty something year old cult movie financed by one of the original actors and others coming back to reprise their roles? Sounds bogus or straight to dvd. I liked the first movie when I was like, ten but come on.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Who is possibly financing this crap?

    by Dorsiafan

    I wonder if they really have financing for this thing or if this press release is being used to drum up $$$... If they do somehow get this thing made, the director/actress should be commended for an excellent sales job. I could guarantee a better return on investment with scratch-off lotto tickets... In any event - this story does give me hope that I&#39;ll find funding for my big-budget "Midnight Madness" prequel/sequel trilogy...

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 12:50 p.m. CST

    While we&#39;re at it... Make "Scavenger Hunt 2"

    by Jeditemple

    Dirk Benedict and Willie Aames need work!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Genius

    by modlight

    If they made a sequel to this, and Just One of the Guys, it would in 4 years create the best Saturday Cable movie marathon ever.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Does this mean Bruce Paltrow is working again?

    by LargoJr

    It needed to be said... you&#39;re just pissed I said it first ;)

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Charles Manson

    by Dorsiafan

    Anchorite - nah, Manson isn&#39;t involved in the "Year of the Comet 2: The Vintage of Terror". While Tim Daly & Penelope Ann Miller could certainly use the work - Manson and his producing team are putting 100% of their resources into a massive budget "Moving Violations" sequel.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 1:27 p.m. CST

    NOTC 2? Fuck that! Where&#39;s Killer Klowns from Outer Space 2?

    by Durendal

    That&#39;s a chintzy 80&#39;s sequel I&#39;d like to see. And LOTD was not that great. I liked it, but it could have been so much more. Kaufman was a shitty, one-dimensional villain. It wasn&#39;t long enough to get a real feel for the situation and the characters. Meh. Still had lots of nifty zombie gore, though.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 3:33 p.m. CST

    HDNET shows Night of the Comet occasionally

    by zer0cool2k2

    I&#39;ve kept it on my DVR for a couple of months since there&#39;s no DVD. And as long as you&#39;re talking about Killer Klowns, how about a DVD of "Hardbodies"? (Grant Cramer was in it also, along with the red-headed geek of every 80&#39;s movie, Courtney Gaines). That movie had more gratuitous nudity than all the other 80&#39;s teen comedies combined, not to mention an appearance by Chick Hair-Metal band Vixen before their 15 minutes.

  • Of course, now whenever I see him without that giant face-tattoo, he looks weird, like Tom Seleck sans mustache.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 3:56 p.m. CST

    "Danny Mason Keener"

    by NYC

    I&#39;m all for this sequel if Sam and Reggie have spawned some super-hot valley babes of their own. The original was great, creepy fun.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 4:43 p.m. CST

    My VHS-to-DVD Quality Transfer

    by smallerdemon

    *heh* I recently (July) transferred a copy of this from my "GOODTIMES" SLP VHS release copy to DVD complete with title screens, etc. It turned out better than I thought it would. We watched it for my 40th birthday. :) It was a blast. I gotta say, my 80s crush on Catherine Mary Stuart has not fully subsided.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I second that Killer Klown 2. I&#39;d also would like to see Eat

    by Big Bad Clone

    is Matt Penfeld available to reprise that role ha ha ha ha ha ah ah

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 6:56 p.m. CST

    They DID do a sequel to JUST ONE OF THE GUYS

    by pokadoo

    It was called JUST ONE OF THE GIRLS starring COREY HAIM! I never rented it cuz it looked shit! NIGHT OF THE COMET DVD would be RAD! Up there with TRANCERS, TERRORVISION, THE STUFF, TROLL & SPACEHUNTER - ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:24 p.m. CST

    REMAKES

    by GREATGAT74

    C&#39;MON FOR 80&#39;S CHEESE WE NEED LOOK NO FURTHER THAN RED DAWN.WE CAN BRING EM ALL BACK.WOLVERINES

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Terrorvision

    by GREATGAT74

    Terrovision was definatly a guilty pleasure,quite adept at playing on the horror shenanigans that were rampant at the time,Didn&#39;t even Elvira show up in that one?

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:37 p.m. CST

    another one is

    by GREATGAT74

    the Stuff, pure f&#39;n cheese.Gotta love it,the commercials more than anything

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Where is BREAKIN&#39; 3: TO THE EXTREME 2 FURIOUS?!

    by Sir Loin

    Man...what are those execs thinking? And what about MAC & ME 2? Sheesh. Also, didn&#39;t Kelli&#39;s character have the comet&#39;s infection or whatever that was? How will they explain her survival? HELP US!

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 8:56 p.m. CST

    ...and what about REAL GENIUS 2?

    by Sir Loin

    I liked the original, I&#39;m sure Kilmer&#39;s got time for it.

  • Sept. 6, 2005, 11:35 p.m. CST

    its pretty fucking funny...

    by calami-shami

    ...that i saw all these cheesy movies (Comet, Creeps, Diner, House, House II) on tv either on the weekends or during the day when id fake sick and stay home from school. Oh and Mac nad Me is concentrated evil squeezed from the festering maggot ridden bowels of lusiphur himself. Anyone who has seen that movie will wind up having to be taken to the gray havens because their souls have been tainted by its evil.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 2:31 a.m. CST

    calami-shami

    by DocPazuzu

    Totallt spot-on regarding Mac and Me. It&#39;s the cinematic equivalent of enduring a Dementor&#39;s Kiss. Sheer soul-draining evil.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 4:13 a.m. CST

    F*&^ Mac and ME...

    by magnumshaft

    flight of the navigator was so much better and it even had a Peewe reference tha was supposedly taking place in like 1978... plus it had sarah jessica parker as a slut, more that almost 30 years in the future as "sex in the city" had!!

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 5 a.m. CST

    sMACk AND ME...

    by magnumshaft

    that cross eyed puppet was nothing more than propoganda (sp?)and some people wonder why bush was "elected"... you fools, you foolish fools!

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 7:29 a.m. CST

    "Beach Girls 2"

    by Drunken Rage

    We need more Jeana Tomasina and Alex Rocco.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 7:31 a.m. CST

    How about "King Frat 2"?

    by Drunken Rage

    Because fart contests are always funny.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Pirate Movie 2 - Shipwreck Boogaloo

    by happybunny

    I think I just peed myself. Anyway, thanks Quint -- I loved Night of the Comet. Hope the sequel isn&#39;t trash.

  • Sept. 7, 2005, 2:12 p.m. CST

    "some of whom will reprise their original roles"...

    by mbeemer

    "SOME OF WHOM"? After naming 5 people, huh, that means *2* will be returning. If Ms. Stewart is there, I am there; if she isn&#39;t, I&#39;m NOT. I do truly hope this means the original will finally get a release on DVD. I *love* that film! ("Let&#39;s play a game... It&#39;s called &#39;scary noises&#39;...")

  • Sept. 8, 2005, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Troll2

    by calami-shami

    this exists, may god not have mercy on the souls responsible, it does exist. Its indescribable, I dont even want to get into it. Dead grandpa, whiny kid, evil towsfolk, and that woman... that evil WOMAN!! Argggh did she even know what she looked like when she said her "lines". THE WORLD IS SAVED BY A DOUBLE DECKER BOLOGNA SANDWHICH. SHOOT ME IN THE HEAD I CANT STOP THE IMAGES!! MERCY KILLING MERCY KILLING!

  • April 12, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Night of the Comet 2?

    by doggiedogg

    Why don't they just remake "The Assasination Game", "Midnight Madness" and "Howard the Duck" while they're at it?