Cake Blissken here and I had the honor of seeing Night of the Comet in 35mm this weekend.
In 1984, a cool little film premiered in theaters called Night of the Comet. Originally titled “Teenage Comet Zombies”, this low budget gem is as fun as they come. Directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney and Robert Beltran.
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls in the city of Los Angeles as their playground. The film features a little bit of sci-fi, horror, action, and comedy. As you can guess, it’s not all fun and games.
Flash forward to November 9, 2019 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Tempe, Arizona. Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the film’s release, the Alamo featured a rare 35mm print of the film, as well as Catherine Mary Stewart in person.
CMS was set up in the theater lobby when we arrived, signing memorabilia and taking photos with attendees. My wife and I got in line and waited for our turn. CMS was so nice and appreciative for all the support. She personalized my NOTC poster and was very thankful for her own copy.
CMS finished up and we all watched the film together. We had some drinks and popcorn enjoying the 80’s nostalgia. I hadn’t seen a 35mm screening in quite some time and it definitely brought back memories of a magical time for film.
After the film ended, CMS answered audience questions about the film and some interesting behind the scenes stories. She also added some interesting news about a possible The Last Starfighter sequel.
CMS closed out the evening doing another session of signing and photos for the remaining fans. She was a class act!
And for some really great never heard before CMS stories, listen to the “Powder Heads” View & Spew Review at Cult Classics podcast on youtube.
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