The Last Starfighter), meanwhile, is introduced in the film wearing what looks like a Khan-era Starfleet uniform while try to beat the highest score on a video game in the cinema where she works as a usher.
Both scenarios could only have been dreamed up by some nerdy screenwriter in his attempt to encapsulate the embodiment of the perfect girl. And yet, for all the frivolous touches, there's still a strong visual craftsmanship on show. From scenes of a deserted down-town LA, shot through red-filtered lenses, to the effective framing a of toy duck floating alone in the pool of an eerily quiet suburban garden (both of which look fantastic in this remastered version), the imagery is equally as powerful and affecting as any similarly-themed work. Night of the Comet does falter in its second half, opting instead for a fairly flat and contrived escape sequence involving the rescue of two irritatingly cute children from the clutches of some crazed infected scientists. Thankfully, budgetary constricted finale isn't enough to diminish initial enjoyment of a film which offers the comforting reassurance that the human desire to shop doesn't diminish after most of the world has been snuffed out.
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