Between the approximate years of 1982 and 1987, I "worked" at a movie theater called the AMC Leo Mall Twin. I put the word "work" in quotations because, hey, I was between the ages of 10 and 15, and I didn't so much "work" at the theater (and the Video Village across the street) as I did A) hang out, B) do odd jobs, and C) see tons of free movies. It was pretty much heaven.

Two of the goofiest sci-fi memories that I have of those years come from a pair of films that have since faded into semi-obscurity over the past 2 decades. One has become an underground cult (kinda-)classic and the other ... has a bunch of futuristic kids on roller skates and a glowing magic ball of yellow light.

Yes, cheese fans, it's time for not only Night of the Comet to debut on DVD, but freakin' Solarbabies too! Solarbabies! I know! Hilarious!

For those who might be a bit too young to understand why I'm so geeked about these movies, here's some of the facts: 1984's Night of the Comet (written and directed by Thom Eberhardt) is about two high school girls who awaken one day to find the apocalypse in full swing. Empty streets, roving maniacs, evil governments, it's all there. And since the last time I saw Night of the Comet was on opening night (11/16/84), I'm pretty darn psyched to give the thing a second spin.

Now ... Solarbabies, on the other hand, is a totally different story. Get this: It's post-doomsday (again), and our heroes are a bunch of odd-speaking teenagers who skate everywhere they go. Said kids are played by the likes of Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, James LeGros, Lukas Haas, Adrian Pasdar and Peter DeLuise, with Richard Jordan as the villain and Charles Durning as "The Warden." Anyway, the kids (with the help of a magical super-special glowball) skate for futuristic freedom! Even as a kid it was painfully obvious to me how outrageously silly Solarbabies was. And of course, I can't wait to see it again.

Both flicks will hit DVD on March 6, courtesy of those wonderful folks at MGM.

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categories Features, Cinematical