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Week-long Screenings of Night of the Comet in Seattle

posted 23 October 2014

Central Cinema

The Central Cinema, Seattle’s only Dine-In Cinema, will be screening Night of the Comet for six days in November. The film will be screening nightly at 9.30pm from Friday 21 November until Wednesday 26 November. Tickets are $7 for all the screenings except on Wednesday 26 November when the film will be part of thier 99c Movie programme.

The screening on Monday 24 November will be part of their HECKLEVISION programme, where the audience can text subtitles directly on to the movie!

All tickets can be purchased from the Central Cinema website.

1411 21 Avenue Seattle WA 98122.

Night of the Comet Screening in Winchester, Virginia

posted 23 October

Dismember the Alamo poster

The Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, VA will be screening Night of the Comet as part of their Halloween programme, Dismember the Alamo.

From the Alamo website:

The night will be hosted by MR. LOBO and surprise special guest STACEY NELKIN from Halloween III, live and in person!  The four movies will be MONSTER SQUAD, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, NIGHT OF THE COMET and HALLOWEEN III.  There will be free posters for everyone, a costume contest, and door prizes from our sponsors FANGORIASTARR HILL and FOUR COLOR FANTASIES.  The hosts of PSYCHO CINEMA will also be on hand for the festivities.

A new tradition of terror lurches to life! We're serving up a banquet of cinematic mayhem for ghouls in need of bumps, thrills, chills and demented pleasures galore with our first annual HORROR MOVIE MARATHON!!

Prepare for an brain-melting, mind-warping journey into terror with back-to-back screenings of four horror classicks. The night's lineup will remain a secret until just before showtime, guaranteeing ultimate tricks 'n' treats.

Plus, expect a pre-show oozing with horrific gems and rarities that won't just tingle your spine, they'll downright mangle it. And, if that's not enough, expect a cinematic orgy of weirdness awash with guests, ghosts and surprises. Dreadful prizes will be awarded for the most fiendish costume . . . so be sure to don your Black Mass best.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the Alamo Drafhouse website.

Press Advert Added to Archive

posted 17 October

Night of the Comet Press Advert

A half-page advert for the UK cinema release of Night of the Comet has been added to the Press Archive of the Memorabilia section. This particular advert ran in the UK music magazine, No1 Magazine in the 22 June 1985 edition.

80s-Inspired Fan Track

posted 13 October 2014

Dion Torres has posted to Soundcloud a number of tracks that he has produced inspired by his love of 80s movies. One of the tracks from his Secret Destroyers playlist is entitled Night of the Comet and is available as a free download.

Article Archive

posted 9 October 2014

Tempest Scoreboard

A couple of magazine articles have been added to the archive. A four-page article from Starlog 117 (April 1987) and a three-page article from Fangoria 308 (November 2011). Both prodomanantly feature Catherine Mary Stewart and mention Night of the Comet.

Play Tempest Online

posted 8 October 2014

Tempest Scoreboard

Thanks to ign.com, you can play the Atari game Tempest directly in a web browser. So stick on your Night of the Comet soundtrack and fill the scoreboard with 'DMK'!

Black and White Night

posted 7 October 2014

Black and White scene

Fangoria.com recently featured Night of the Comet in their regular Shadow Vision column.

The purpose of Shadow Vision is to revist modern horror films by viewing them entirely in black and white to seeing if this gives them a different perspective.

Author, Ken W. Hanley's comments on watching Night of the Comet in this manner are encouraging, especially when you consider that the bright colour pallete of Comet seems to so intrinsic to the film.

Ken comments, "I never noticed how many visual cues here are meant to homage post-apocalyptic nuclear sci-fi films, but in black-and-white, they are as clear as day." and, "…the film's transition from the fun and more comedic first two acts to the more action-driven and creepy third is less jarring". However, he does note that, "…the sequence set to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is ironically less fun".

You can read Ken's full column on Fangoria.com.

Night of the Comet - The Lost Songs

posted 25 September 2014

Night of the Comet Soundtrack missing tracks discovered

Night of the Comet fans are in for a real treat this month; not only has the film just been released on Blu-ray by Arrow Films, but following discussions on Facebook with the film's Music Producer, Don Perry (see News item on 17 May 2014), cassette tapes were uncovered containing some of the tracks from the film that were not included in the original Official Soundtrack release.

The newly uncovered tracks include:

  1. Making Me Blue - Jim Christopher
  2. Living on the Edge (film version) - Jocko Marcellino
  3. Never Give Up - Bobby Caldwell
  4. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Tami Holbrook
  5. King County Woman - Doug Kershaw
  6. Eyes on You - Jocko Marcellino
  7. I'll Take the Blame - Thom Pace

Don has graciously supplied the tracks and with the help of fan Ren Neferuaten they are now available for your aural pleasure on René's YouTube page.

Thanks go to Don Perry and Bob Summers [Bob, as well as writing several of the tracks, produced the songs along with Don] for letting the fans hear these tracks. Please respect their wishes that these tracks are for the fans and not to be used for commercial gain.

Night of the Comet UK Blu-ray release 22 September

posted 9 September 2014

Night of the COmet Bluray Releases

Distributer Arrow Films have posted on Twitter that copies of the forthcoming Night of the Comet Blu-ray release have arrived and will be shipping soon.

The Blu-Ray is scheduled for release on 22 September 2014, and the UK release features a couple of extras that were not on the Scream Factory USA release. Full specs are listed below.

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the feature, transferred from original film elements by MGM
  • Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with writer/director Thom Eberhardt
  • Audio commentary with stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
  • Audio commentary with production designer John Muto
  • Valley Girls at the End of the World – Interviews with Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart
  • The Last Man on Earth? – An interview with actor Robert Beltran
  • End of the World Blues – A brand new interview with Star Mary Woronov (not on USA release)
  • Curse of the Comet – An Interview with special make-up effects creator David B. Miller
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by James Oliver illustrated with original archive stills and posters (not on USA release)
  • Region: B/2

You can pre-order direct from Arrow Films (£15.99).

Czech Republic VHS Release

posted 5 August 2014

Night of the Comet poster by Gary Pullin

We finally managed to track down and aquire a Czech Republic VHS release for Night of the Comet (Zkzonosn Kometa) from 1993, the artwork for which has been added to the Memorabilia section of the site.

The Burden of Civilization - Fan Art

posted 25 July 2014

Andy Social Industries sketch of Reggie and Sam

As part of his 100 Heroes/100 Days project, artist Andy of Andy Social Industries has followed up on his Alley Zombie sketch with this excellent characature of Sam and Reggie. The sketch is available to purchase from Society6.com along with a number of his other artworks (many of them zombies) inspired by classic horror and science fiction films. You can also view more of Andy's work on his website, andysocialindustries.com or on his DeviantArt page.

Comet Costumes

posted 19 July 2014

Sam and Reggie costumes

Night of the Comet fans Annette Fidelino and Jill Killington recently dressed as Sam and Reggie for Dead Right Horror Trivia night at the Jump Cut Cafe.

If you have any photos of yourself dressed in a Comet costume send it to webmaster@nightofthecomet.info to be included in the photo gallery.

Kelli Maroney - Sam - Artwork

posted 13 July 2014

Kelli mAroney as Samantha Belmont from Night of the Comet sketch by Nicolas Almaraz

As part of his series of 20-min sketches, artist Nicolas Almaraz has produced this one of Samantha Belmont in her Rebels Cheerleader outfit from Night of the Comet.

You can view more of Nicolas' work or commission him for your own sketch on his Facebook or Tumblr page.

Night of the Comet Fan Art Sketches by Michael Ramstead

posted 23 June 2014

Michael Ramstead artwork

Long Beach artist Michael Ramstead continues to impress with his sketches inspired by Night of the Comet. This recent one of Sam is particulary fun.

Previous sketches of both Reggie and Sam can be found in the Fan Art Gallery and you can view all of the sketches on his Statigram page, and more of his work on his website.

Night of the Comet Music producer shares soundtrack insight

posted 17 May 2014 - UPDATED 18 May 2014 - UPDATED 17 October 2014

Night of the Comet Soundtrack LP cover
Don Perry, the Music producer on Night of the Comet, recently shared some insight into the Soundtrack for the film. Adding to a discussion on the Night of the Comet Facebook Group page regarding the availablility of some of the tracks from the film, Don graciously posted the following:

I was hired by Crawford and Lane to produce the music for the film. When I saw the initial screening they had temporarily scored it with hit songs and wanted to include as many of them as I could license. They had success with this format with their previous picture, Valley Girl. That picture was made for $350,000 and ultimately the music rights cost them another $250,000. To include the songs they wanted in Comet would have cost close to a million dollars.

We quickly went to "plan B" and had to record 19 original songs and the cover of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Tami. I had a lot of help from friends, and Bob Summers and I produced the equivalent of 2 albums in very short time.

Having said that, I'm very proud of the quality of the artists and songs and remain disappointed that we couldn't make a deal with a major record company... the film didn't initially stay in the theaters long enough to shop a deal. Macola Records released it but there were a few songs we couldn't include that I would have liked due to contractual problems and the record companies choices. I still think Learn to Love Again could have been a hit with a major release.

While Don didn't keep a note of the songs that were originally planned for the film, he does recall that,

...each one was a monster hit and of course the producers had fallen in love with every one of them.

The first and last one I tried to license for them was The Police, Every Breath You Take. This was the song they wanted in the worst way. It was the best selling single of 1983 and the album Synchronicity sold over 8 million copies in the US alone. When the price started at $50,000, I knew we were in trouble. When licensing songs it's possible to get a favor rate but companies were always smart enough to include a "favored nation" clause, which meant if you paid more to another company for a song they would get the same. As you can see if we paid that much for one song, they would all want that. You can see why we went with original songs. Personally, I relished the creative challenge. It's more fun to make records than just license them.

I went right from Comet to Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1985) where we did about 15 songs for that picture.

Recording artist Thom Pace has also commented that all three of his soundtrack songs (I'll Take the Blame, Virgin in Love, King County Woman) were recorded in Music Producer Don Perry's studio and that Don had Doug Kershaw sing King County Woman as he wanted it to be a country track, Thom'soriginal version was not country.

To date, the soundtrack is only available on original LP and cassette. Full details of the releases are available in the Memorabilia section, with full details of the songs, including lyrics, available in the Soundtrack section.

Night of the Comet Fans, Can You Help?

posted 14 April 2014

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