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Cheesy B-Movie Goodness with Catherine Mary Stewart, Night of the Comet, The Apple, World Gone Wild, Nightflyers

Catherine Mary Stewart starred in a number of movies in her career, which is still active, this year she was in The Husband She Met Online, and AmeriQua. But we are looking back at her earlier work, the work we call Cheesy Sci-Fi B-Movie Goodness.

For that we travel back to the 1980's where she put out a few films that qualify. Like Jamie Lee Curtis was the Horror Scream Queen with Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night and Road Games to name a few films, Catherine is our Cheesy Sci-Fi B-Movie Queen of the '80's with films such as The Apple, The Last Starfighter, Night of the Comet, Nightflyers and World Gone Wild.

the-apple-cheesyThe Apple (1980)
Cast: Catherine Mary Stewart, George Gilmour, Grace Kennedy, Alan Love, Joss Ackland

Take a trip back to a time when rock ruled the world, with this mind-blowing, magical musical that's "a camp lover's delight" (American Cinematheque)! Deliciously decadent and exploding with glitter and glam, The Apple is a psychedelic sci-fi feast for the senses! When folk singers Alphie and Bibi enter the World Vision song contest, their wholesome appeal catches the evil eye of music mogul Mr. Boogalow, a Faustian fiend who promises the pair fame and fortune. Seduced by Boogalow's devilish denizens, Bibi surrenders her soul and soon becomes a superstar and a pawn in Boogalow's plot to take over the planet with the power of pop music! Now, Alphie must free Bibi from Boogalow and save the world from rock-and-roll ruin!

My name is Mok, this movie plot sounds a bit like "Rock & Rule," but that animated tale came out in 1983, so I guess not. Here our little CMS (that's Catherine Mary Stewart for those less hip), in her first movie role, gets seduced by the dark side of things and lights the psychedelic path for a pop takeover. Almost everything about this film is over the top, as in, way out there man. But at the same time it's a unique blend of music and acid tripping, mixed with a world domination plot, thrown in for good measure. So, take a little bite and let "The Apple" be your paradise.

the-last-starfighter-cheesyThe Last Starfighter (1984)
Cast: Lance Guest, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Barbara Bosson, Norman Snow, Robert Preston

Alex Rogan lives in a trailer court where his mother is manager and everyone is like a big extended family. He beats the Starfighter video game to the applause of everyone in the court and later that day finds he has been turned down for a student loan for college. Depressed, he meets Centauri, who introduces himself as a person from the company that made the game, before Alex really knows what is going on he is on the ride of his life in a "car" flying through space. Chosen to take the skills he showed on the video game into real combat to protect the galaxy from an invasion.

Who ever said "video games were a waste of time" obviously has not watched this movie, in the film being good at video games, borders on greatness, and it can even save the universe. The special effects, especially the computer generated kind were a new thing, and this movie was one of the first to incorporate CGI with live action sequences. Here CMS plays the girl of the guy destined for greatness, and he has to do just that, save the universe. The Last Starfighter was geared at a younger audience when it was released in '84, but most of them (the younger ones then) are older now, like myself, but the adventure still lives inside us somewhere. So, dust of the cobwebs, grab your helmet and lets go save the universe, again.

night-ofthe-comet-cheesyNight of the Comet (1984)
Cast: Robert Beltran, Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Sharon Farrell, Mary Woronov, Geoffrey Lewis, Peter Fox

It’ s the first comet to buzz the planet in 65 million years, and everyone seems to be celebrating its imminent arrival. Everyone, that is, except Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart, The Last Starfighter) and her younger sister Samantha (Kelli Maroney, Chopping Mall), two Valley Girls who care more about fashion trends than the celestial phenomenon. But upon daybreak, when the girls discover that they’re the only residents of Los Angeles whom the comet hasn’t vaporized or turned into a zombie, they do what all good Valley Girls do...they go shopping! But when their day of malling threatens to become a day of mauling, these gals flee with killer zombies and blood-seeking scientists in hot pursuit!

A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive, and CMS is one of the valley girls, oh she also gets the guy. This 80's style nostalgia flashback with Catherine Mary Stewart as one of the valley gir.. "wait I already said that." This is a classic what if the world ended and you didn't end with it, sounds serious, but not really, this film makes the journey fun and a little dangerous at the same time. The film is definately underrated, sure one can find flaws, plot holes, and such, but if you waste time on the little things you miss the big picture, its about the fun, don't take it so serious, just be entertained. Zombies, guns, end of the world and hot chicks, really what more is needed. Grab the popcorn and let's get popping, the blu-ray in the drive that is...

A movie that is so cool it has a dedicated fansite 30 years later... nightofthecomet.info

nightflyers-cheesyNightflyers (1987)
Cast: Catherine Mary Stewart, Michael Praed, John Standing, Lisa Blount, Glenn Withrow, James Avery, Helene Udy, Annabel Brooks, Michael Des Barres

A professor hires a scientific group and charters a spaceship called the Nightflyer, a space trader captained by Royd Eris, in search of the Volcryn, a mythical race of sentient beings traveling through space leaving stars in thier wake. As they travel through space to the outer edges, they begin to realize something is wrong. Their captain shows up only as a hologram, and their only telepath begins to sense something wrong. One by one the passengers begin dying, and the survivors discover they are not alone on the ship. Now they must trust the captain they have never met face to face, and as the Volcryn come within range of the Nightflyer, they learn also that the massive, alien, quiet ship is not what was expected, it's alive.

This movie is based on a short story by George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones). Nightflyers is hard to find and what is out there is not the best quality. Hopefully one day that will change. The movie is cheesy b-goodness with a low budget and a sci-fi edge, but nice sets, a creepy atmosphere and good acting by most of the cast carry the film a long way. Here CMS attracts the attentions of the captain, but this is not a good thing, because the ship that controls everything around them, seems to be getting jealous.

world-gone-wild-cheesyWorld Gone Wild (1988)
Cast: Bruce Dern, Michael Paré, Catherine Mary Stewart, Adam Ant, Rick Podell, Anthony James, Julius Carry, Alan Autry

In the nuclear ravaged wasteland of Earth 2087 water is as precious as life itself. The isolated Lost Wells outpost survived the holocaust and the inhabitants guard the source of their existence. Now an evil cult of renegades (lead by Adam Ant) want control of their valuable water supply. And the villagers are no match for such brute military force. Only one man can help the stricken community - a mercenary living in a distance cannibal city. But even he, and his strange henchmen, may not be able to survive in the world gone wild.

This is a great little offering from the '80's that seems to be forgotten by most people, because like "Nightflyers" this movie is also hard to find. The world of the future is dry, bone dry and it hasn't rained in 50 years, states Bruce Dern in the opening narration. From there we go into a Road Warrior kind of feel, except its not gas but water that matters. A would be group of heroes are assembled and set off to protect the the water and defeat the evil Adam Ant. In this outting CMS is one of the survivors and Michael Paré takes a shine to her. This movie is fun sci-fi apocalyptic tale that is underrated and should make most fans of this type of genre happy.

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