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Graduation Day (1981)

R | | Horror, Mystery | 1 May 1981 (USA)
A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

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After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin. Written by matt-282

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Some kids are dying to graduate... See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Director Herb Freed and producer David Baughn went to various movie theaters in California in person in order to ensure that said theaters would show the trailer for this film. See more »

Goofs

Laura's jersey number repeatedly changes between 45 and 40 during the opening sequence. See more »

Quotes

[Insp. Halliday is questioning Coach Michaels about the missing teenagers]
Insp. Halliday: They were all on your team.
Coach George Michaels: I don't have a team.
Insp. Halliday: How do you mean that?
Coach George Michaels: Well, in case you haven't heard, I've been canned.
Insp. Halliday: I heard.
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After the final credits, the killer is shown holding the stopwatch he uses to time his murders. See more »


Soundtracks

The Killer
by Jeff Spry, Joe Spry & Doug Burlison
Performed by Felony (uncredited)
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Predictable
13 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To be honest I was very disappointed with this movie, I was hoping for something a little better. I was willing to dismiss all the bad reviews and watched this movie anyway It's admittedly better than the 1984 turkey Fatal Games, which had a similar plot about gymnastic athlete students killed in a high school but fact is that the first real memorable and successful high school slasher flick was the one making fun of them all - Scream in 1996.

The major problem with this movie is the lack of characterization. You often just throw in some good-looking teens in a group and most of them doesn't have their first line until their big moment, that is such dramatic dialogue like "Hello?" or "Who's there?" You get the drill. In this one it's not clear who's the hero or heroine until the last 20 minutes or so. And when it comes to the suspects, they get less screen time than the victims. When the killer's identity is revealed it's just a big "So?"

But there were a few characters that I found enjoyable in this movie like Linnea Quigley who has a small role in this movie but has fun with it, and the main heroine Anne (Patch MacKensie) which at first was kinda boring until she performs kung fu on the killer towards the end which was brill, and the Principil and the Secretary sub plot was enjoyable too.

The murders are OK but nothing specialSo, this isn't very good but is still fair if very forgettable entertainment. It gets going though for some moments in the climax even if all intentions of scares are ruined by the fact that it's played in broad daylight.


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