Night of The Comet (4 stars)

Night of The Comet

(15) 91min (Optimum)

Cult classic alert! This 1985 sci-fi horror parody benefits from just the right combination of genre knowing and lightness of comic touch. Its apocalyptic storyline has the Earth pass through the path of the titular celestial object that turns the human population exposed to it into red dust or, failing that, flesh-eating zombies.

A pair of California valley girl cheerleaders and a truck driver survive to do battle with the legions of the dead, but find a greater threat in a team of psycho scientists led by Mary Woronov (Andy Warhol and later Paul Bartel’s muse) intent on turning their blood into an antidote to save themselves from a fate worse than death. That wacky scenario takes in, variously, The Day of the Triffids, The Omega Man and Dawn of the Dead. It’s written and directed by Thom Eberhardt, who subsequently cast Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley in the hilarious Sherlock Holmes farce Without A Clue. No extras.