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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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1 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Colegio infernal  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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

After the pole vaulter is impaled, the following panning shot shows the spike attached to his stomach moving as he breaths. See more »

Quotes

Principal Guglione: What do you say I come by your place later on with a bottle of wine after you're finished. Hm?
Blondie: You know something, Mr. Guglione?
Principal Guglione: Hm?
Blondie: You are a real bastard.
[pause]
Blondie: Make it around midnight.
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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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The Winner
by Lance Owg, Gabriel Rohels and David Cole
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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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