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Graduation Day (1981)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  1 May 1981 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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1 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Colegio infernal  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The blonde girl in the number 46 track jersey was cut out of the film as much as possible since she was fired due to refusal to fulfill the nudity requirements. Linnea Quigley was hired to replace her. See more »

Goofs

(at around 13 mins) Anne picks up her bag twice in different shots. 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 »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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The Killer
by Jeff Spry, Joe Spry & Doug Burlison
Performed by Felony (uncredited)
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Typical 80s slasher flick but still a must see by default!

GRADUATION DAY is not a "good" or original film by any stretch, but it has plenty that others of its ilk do not and is pure entertainment from start to finish!

Laura, a young high school track star, accidentally dies, prompting someone to start killing off the entire team for revenge. The black-gloved and sweatsuited killer keeps a picture of the team in a locker to X out the faces of those dead and kills characters in very silly ways (a pole vaulter jumps on spikes, a lanced football, a fencing sword through the neck...) So, who exactly is responsible? Just take a look at THIS roster of suspects (whew!):

Could it be Christopher George as high-pressure a$$hole coach George Michaels? E. Danny Murphy as Laura's disgruntled, harmonica-playing boyfriend? Michael Pataki as the school principal, who cuts an apple with a switchblade? Patch MacKenzie as the dead girls butch marine sister, Anne? E.J. Peaker as harried secretary Blondie? Vanna White (!) as a giggly blonde who discovers a corpse in a locker? Linnea Quigley as a pot-smoking teen tramp who blackmails the horny music teacher? Carmen Argenziano as a lurking detective? Virgil Frye as a narking, slow-witted cop? With this crew, is it possible to watch and NOT be entertained?

Make sure you don't overlook the THREE long musical numbers, disco roller skating sequence and flash editing cuts that make you think you're on speed. I think I like it!


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