Night of the Comet (Thom Eberhardt, 1984, USA, 35mm, 95 min.)
In this science-fiction cult favorite, a near collision with a comet causes a catastrophe for the planet, killing most living creatures. The select few humans who survived unscathed band together looking for other survivors while having to contend with the living dead. Filmmaker Thom Eberhardt wrote Night of the Comet around the premise of “valley girls at the end of the world,” and its mix of comedy, camp, and chills is gnarly indeed.
Part of the film series
Women at the End of the World
Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the novel selected for Northwestern’s 2018–2019 campus-wide One Book One Northwestern program, this series brings together
cinematic visions of dystopia and apocalypse featuring women at their center. Like Atwood’s novel, these four films all emerged in the mid-1980s, and all respond to the same political, ecological, and cultural anxieties that figure in The Handmaid’s Tale through their diverse voices and divergent approaches to narrative.
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