Orion Taps Roxanne Benjamin For “Night of The Comet” Remake

    Orion pictures is ‘re-imagining’ the 1984 cult classic horror-comedy-sci-fi Night of the Comet. Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) will pen. Her previous work includes producing the V/H/S franchise and one of the entries of the horror anthology XX.
    Original Night of The Comet film synopsis:

    “Two girls from the Valley wake up to find that a passing comet has eradicated their world and left behind a mysterious red-dust and a pack of cannibal mutants. With the help of a friendly truck driver, the girls save the earth from a villainous “think tank,” karate chop their way through flesh-eating zombies, and, of course, find time to go to the mall.”

    The remake is said to skew more towards horror-sci-fi than horror-comedy. The original film was written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starred Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, and Robert Beltran.

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    Toruk's Take

    I love Night of the Comet. It’s one of those 80’s movies that epitomizes that wonderful era. It’s a B movie, but it may as well be an A movie when compared to most of the sad schlock that oozes from Hollywood’s bowls these days. Watching it you realize just how ‘on’ most of the creatives were back then. They could almost do no wrong…the creative flame was simply burning white hot.

    The film essentially starred two sisters (Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney). Sure, Robert Beltran (Chakotay to fellow Trekkers) was in the mix but it was basically the siblings’ party. It starred two women who were unapologetically feminine and it did so without the least bit of toxic feminism. No attacks on the male sex. No inane messaging. No despicable agendas.

    What a great time to be a movie fan the 80’s were. What a great time to be an American.

    What are the odds that the slugs putting together this remake are going to make this film without interjecting abysmal SJW ideology and progressive tropes into it? Crappy jump scares. ‘Diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ that sticks out like a sore thumb? I don’t recall taking note of Benjamin’s work (which is a warning sign) but I seriously, seriously doubt she is going to bring anything to this remake but irritation and the contamination of yet another beloved property in the social consciousness.

    Yes, bad remakes do hurt the originals. Anyone who says otherwise is a stone, cold fool.

    Orion Pictures seems to be one of those companies who has run dry of any ounce of creative originality and is now hell bent on regaining its glory by trashing every previous property it can get its grubby hands on. It currently has Child’s Play, Hansel and Gretel, and Bill and Ted in its sights.

    Could someone do something about these maggots…pretty please?

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