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Graduation Day -- A mysterious killer knocks off members of a high school track team.  Featuring Vanna White!


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Release Date:
1 May 1981 (USA) See more »
Graduating from high school has never been so deadly... See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Herb Freed 
Writing credits
Anne Marisse (written by) and
Herb Freed (written by)

David Baughn (story)

Produced by
David Baughn .... producer
Herb Freed .... producer
Hal Schwartz .... associate producer
Original Music by
Arthur Kempel 
Cinematography by
Daniel Yarussi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Martin Jay Sadoff 
Casting by
Aaron Butler 
Art Direction by
Chris Henry 
Makeup Department
Lars Ferguson .... makeup assistant
Sylvia Flores .... makeup assistant
Gail Larsson .... makeup artist (as Gail Larson)
Jill Rockow .... special effects makeup
Production Management
Herman Grigsby .... production manager (as Herman Candler Grigsby)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Gunderson .... second assistant director
Hal Schwartz .... assistant director
Art Department
Ellen Freund .... set dresser
Escott O. Norton .... properties (as Escott Norton)
Sound Department
David Etherington .... boom operator
Paul Leimbach .... sound editor
Darryl Linkow .... sound mixer
Paul Martin .... sound re-recording mixer
Hiroaki 'Zom' Yamamoto .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Brooks Mendel .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Jesse Mestas .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Winburn)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stacey Codikow .... still photographer
Don Giroux .... best boy
Virgil E. Hammond III .... electrician (as Virgil Hammon)
Buzz Harris .... gaffer
Larry S. Prinz .... second assistant camera (as Larry Prinz)
David Seal .... key grip
Stephen St. John .... first assistant camera (as Steven St. John)
Terry Wimmer .... best boy
Ron Wright .... grip
Massimo Zeri .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Conner .... wardrobe assistant
Christine Nicholson .... wardrobe (as Chris Nicholson)
Editorial Department
Barry Dresner .... assistant editor
Lisa Gilhousen .... negative cutter
Other crew
Lance Dickson .... production assistant
Ross Dickson .... production assistant
Cheryl Hall .... production accountant
Patricia Kenny .... production assistant
Cathy Neely .... assistant to producers
Scott Owen .... production assistant
Mark S. Thomas .... script supervisor (as Mark Thomas)
Crew believed to be complete


Additional Details

Also Known As:
96 min | Australia:93 min | UK:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Laura's jersey number repeatedly changes between 45 and 40 during the opening sequence.See more »
Principal Guglione:Who are you? What do you want?
Insp. Halliday:Inspector Halliday. Police.
Principal Guglione:Halliday? Police?
[Insp. Halliday nods]
Principal Guglione:You don't look Irish.
Insp. Halliday:I'm Lebanese.
Principal Guglione:You look Italian.
Insp. Halliday:You look Lebanese.
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Movie Connections:
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They don't make movies like this anymore..., 27 September 2003

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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