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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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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$460,000, 12 January 1982

Gross USA:

$23,894,000
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Trivia

Producer David Baughn raised the money for the budget from various theater chain owners. 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

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?
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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Referenced in Scream 2 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Killer
by Jeff Spry, Joe Spry & Doug Burlison
Performed by Felony (uncredited)
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now you're just looking for an event to mass-murder!
25 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Why, of all the slasher films to come out of the early '80's, that Graduation Day is so well remember I will never know. Graduation Day is a far cry from some of the better '80's slashers, but it isn't the bottom of the barrel either.

After a high school track star literally runs herself to death, someone begins to kill the remaining members of the track team. But for what reason?

Graduation Day is a slasher film that's served with a big slice of cheese. You've got some corny characters, some unneeded musical numbers (not including the funky song in the opening montage), and some bad acting - no wonder Vanna White is only spinning letters now. But it has some merits too. There are some amusing murder sequences and the story manages to be engaging - if only for the campy elements.

So when all is said and done, you can do worse. But it's not worth missing The Burning, Curtains, or House on Sorority Row for.

** out of ****


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