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Graduation Day (1981)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  1 May 1981 (USA)
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After a high school track runner suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a masked killer begins murdering her friends on the school track team one by one.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
E. Danny Murphy ...
Richard Balin ...
Beverly Dixon ...
Virgil Frye ...
Hal Bokar ...
Denise Cheshire ...
Tony Fisk (as Billy Hufsey)
Karen Abbott ...


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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The Midvale Track Team Will Soon Be Running For Their Lives! See more »


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Release Date:

1 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colegio infernal  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patch Mackenzie replaced another actress who was originally cast as Anne Ramstead. See more »


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


[Two teenagers flee the boiler room]
Mr. Roberts: Come back here! Don't think I don't know who you are, because I do. Come on and show your face, you miserable scum!
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, the killer is shown holding the stopwatch he uses to time his murders. See more »


Graduation Day Blues
by Grant Loud
Performed by Grant Loud (uncredited)
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They don't make movies like this anymore...

If you love late seventies and early eighties horror/terror/thriller/slasher flicks, this one is a must see. It is in the same league as "Prom Night" and "Hell Night". "Graduation Day" captures a feeling, a mood, a place in time that only exists in the imagination. The music, the acting, the camera work, the characters are a way we can remember 1981. Movies simply don't have the qualities of "Graduation Day" anymore. There are rough edges here. There are simple characters and characters that are not fully developed. Is Ann, the victim's sister, a lesbian? This is only touched on a little during the story. Why doesn't the police office who investigates the disappearance of the victims dislike schools? How did the principal and his secretary begin their affair and what keeps it going? A scene in which a beheading takes place is intercut with a girl rollerskating who likes a lot like the Alice character from "Friday the 13th". As the initiated know, Alice beheaded Mrs. Voorhees. Was this scene a nod to "Friday the 13th"? Has anyone noticed this scene? What happened to Kevin's parents? Does he live alone with his crazy grandmother? They really don't make them like this anymore. I'm not sure if anyone even tries. "Scream" was said to have paid homage to "Graduation Day" and several other movies of that era. I am going to watch it again while keeping that statement in mind. "Graduation Day" is the real deal. Of all the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" clones it is one of the highest caliber. Christopher George, Patch McKenzie and the guy from "Fame" (I think) lend star quality. Today's independent films try to capture the spirit of movies like this.

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