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?
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.
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!
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.