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Graduation Day (1981)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  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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There are 200 seniors at Midvale High. And seven days till graduation. The class of '81 is running out of time. See more »


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1 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Dia de Formatura  »

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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

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

Quotes

Ronald Corliss: Why didn't you call us at the airport? I'd have picked you up.
Anne Ramstead: I got here all right.
Ronald Corliss: Yeah. I can see that.
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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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Featured in Night Screams (1987) See more »

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The Winner
by Lance Owg, Gabriel Rohels and David Cole
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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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