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New Year's Evil (1980)

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During a New Year's Eve celebration, a Punk Rock & New Wave show host gets a phone call saying that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered--and she will be the last one.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roz Kelly ...
Diane Sullivan
Kip Niven ...
Richard Sullivan
Chris Wallace ...
Lt. Clayton
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Derek Sullivan
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Sally
Jed Mills ...
Ernie
Taaffe O'Connell ...
Jane (as Taafe O'Connell)
Jon Greene ...
Sgt. Greene
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Teenage Girl
Anita Crane ...
Lisa
Jennie Anderson ...
Nurse Robbie
Alicia Dhanifu ...
Yvonne
Wendy-Sue Rosloff ...
Make-up Girl (as Wendysue Rosloff)
John London ...
Floor Manager
John Alderman ...
Dr. Reed
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Storyline

New Year's Eve is on it's way and TV's most famous punk-rock lady icon Diane Sullivan is holding a late hour countdown celebration of music and partying. All is going well until Diane recieves a phone call from a odd sounding stranger announcing on live Television that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, a 'Naughty Girl' will be murdered (punished), and the killer leaves a threat saying she will be the one to die last. The studio crew takes precautions and highten security, but on the other side of America, a hospital nurse is found brutally butchered. Who could be behind these murders? A crazed fan, a religious psychotic, or perhaps it's someone much closer to Diane then the police (or audience) could have ever expected. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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December 1980 (USA)  »

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Dodici rintocchi di terrore  »

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Toward the end, when the cops are casing the hotel, there is a crew member kneeling behind kitchen equipment that one of the cop walks behind. See more »

Quotes

Diane Sullivan: Blaze here. A crazy new year to you.
Richard Sullivan: [In a distorted voice] Happy new year to you, Blaze.
Diane Sullivan: Oooh! Some kind of voice you got there. You sound like the Phantom.
Richard Sullivan: You could call me that.
Diane Sullivan: So, you got a name, Phantom?
Richard Sullivan: Call me Eee-vil.
Diane Sullivan: Evil? E-villl Eye?
Richard Sullivan: No! Just eee-vil!
[Then he breathes hard]
Diane Sullivan: Well listen Mr. Evil, do you have a vote for the top song of the year?
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Mostly a disappointment
4 November 2001 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

One positive thing I can say about this low-budget slasher movie is that the production values make it look slicker and more expensive than others of its ilk. Other than that, I am hard-pressed to say anything else positive about it. It's obvious who the killer is after the first few minutes of the movie have gone by, so there's no mystery as to his identity, and little more regarding his motives. There's also very little story surrounding this slasher - most of the movie is actually made up of musical interludes consisting of VERY BAD music (though I admit I got a chuckle out of the poor choreography of the audience members.)

As well, the movie ends with some glaring unanswered questions. For one thing, the killer has his focus on specific victims, but one of the identity of his victims (the woman who he picks up at the bar) is never revealed. As well, a potential victim that he plans to kill (but never gets around to doing) remains anonymous as well. Other aspects of the movie (such as the son of Roz Kelly's character) seem very unfinished as well. I have to wonder if there was a longer cut that explained a lot of this stuff... though since it would make the movie longer, it might have made the movie more of a chore to sit through.


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