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Forget Die Hard, Night of the Comet is the Xmas feminist flick you should be watching

There is the same BS debate every single year: is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Do we really care?

No. And FYI, the answer is yes, it is a goddamn Christmas movie. However, there is a far superior action-packed 80’s flick you should be watching instead.

If you are like me, not only would you have noticed the distinct lack of estrogen in Die Hard, but asked yourself: where are the goddamn zombies?

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I’ve got you covered, sis. Night of the Comet is undeniably the underrated 80’s Christmas action-packed disaster flick you’ve been searching for and probably narrowly missed out on all this time.

Why, you ask? Here’s the 411.

Night of the Comet doesn’t rely on a unrealistic macho hero and a wealth of phallic symbols just to re-enforce the idea that women need to be saved and one man can somehow cut down an entire terrorist organization in one night.

In fact, it centers around a sisterly relationship.

The film starts with Earth passing through a comet, an event the whole world is excited for and conveniently forgotten about the fact that the last time it happened, the dinosaurs were wiped out.

Predictably, this event again wipes out majority of the Earth’s population. Unless, you were sleeping in a steel encased room, or perhaps ran away from your bitch of a stepmom and spent the night in a metal shed.

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Protagonist, Reggie, who avoided this comet fallout, is a competitive, independent 18 year old who is badass at computer games. She knows how to wield a gun (her dad taught her) and is having a casual fling with a guy she works with in the movie theatre (her “promiscuity” actually saved her life.

Reggie’s pretty forward thinking for an 80’s female teen character. She instantly realises there is something up after leaving the movie theatre, and fights off a zombie to boot!

 

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Sam, Reggie’s little sister, is more of a cliché silly teen, but she has some redeeming qualities, such as her spunky attitude and ability to bounce back from the constant crap thrown at the gang of survivors.

The film has everything you want from an 80’s genre flick – guns, action, violence, comedy, awesomely 80’s prosthetic make-up and special effects. And the night of the comet happens to fall at Christmas!

If I haven’t sold you, Bloody Disgusting named Night of the Comet in their Top 10 Doomsday Horror films back in 2009.

The flick is currently on Netflix so check it out if you’ve had enough of the same old Christmas films re-hashed from year to year.

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5 Reasons you should be watching Scream Queens

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About a year or so ago I seem to briefly remember mentioning a twinkle in the eye of FOX – a female driven anthology horror-comedy series called Scream Queens. The series, produced by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy and starring Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis is on its 4th episode, and I felt it was far enough in to finally decide to say: YES SCREAM QUEENS IS AWESOME.

Here’s why…

01. Sorority House Rules

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If you aren’t a fan of sororities, well, what’s better than seeing them all killed? I for one love a good sorority slasher, from House on Sorority Row to Black Christmas – it’s one of those classic horror movie settings, much like the summer camp, haunted house or cabin in the woods. However, with a sorority house, you are forced to change the dynamic – the typical male stereotypes don’t exist because it’s all ladies…

02. The Ultimate Scream Queen

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The college dean is played by none other than Jamie Lee Curtis, yes, the original Scream Queen herself. Just in case you have lived in a shed for the whole of your life (or perhaps underdeveloped and living in a sorority house attic…) Jamie made a name for herself back in the 1970’s for her role as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s seminal slasher flick, Halloween and went on to star in many more horror films throughout the 1980’s (as well as stripping for Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1994)

03. Tributes and Homage Galore

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From the girls burying themselves in soil up to their necks on a croquet pitch and top bitches referring to themselves as the same name plus a number (Heathers, anyone?) to the 80’s horror flick styled opening sequence and *SPOILER* the up-and-coming Psycho re-enactment – the series is overflowing with homage to the horror genre. If that’s not enough, the constant pop-culture references and slick, quick-witted script will keep you on your toes.

04. Kick ass Femme Fatales

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Unlike many slasher flicks, where ladies are generally eye candy with their breasts on show, or that untouchable virgin golden girl whose purity means she lasts the duration. The ladies of Scream Queens are fairly well-rounded, if not a little caricatured and even the girls’ body guards are female. While they are indeed a parody of themselves, the girls in the series – bad AND good, are more than what they immediately present. Chanel #1 is a cold hearted bitch, but her character extends further than just being a villainess (she even calls out a sexist pervert and her gang of Chanels beat him to a pulp, much to on-lookers glee). These are some ladies who don’t go down without a fight.

05. There are THREE Halloween episodes

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Yes 3, in one season. SOLD.

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