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New Year's Evil (1980)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  26 December 1980 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roz Kelly ...
Diane Sullivan
Kip Niven ...
Richard Sullivan
Chris Wallace ...
Lt. Clayton
...
Derek Sullivan
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Sally
...
Ernie
Taaffe O'Connell ...
Jane (as Taafe O'Connell)
Jon Greene ...
Sgt. Greene
...
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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A celebration of the macabre. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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26 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Ano Novo Sangrento  »

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Trivia

While Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus are credited as producers, and Billy Fine as executive producer, it was really Christopher Pearce who handled the bulk of the production duties. See more »

Goofs

After the killer pulls over to kill one of his victims and threatens a couple drunks, the shadow of either a cameraman or crew member can be visible on the drunks, after the killer leaves. 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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Referenced in Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Suicide Ways
Performed by Made in Japan
Lyrics by Anthony H. Fried
Music by David Stuart Codling
© Man-Yor Music
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"This is Eviiilll!"
30 December 2002 | by (Niagara Falls, NY") – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite bad 80's slasher flicks with bad acting and an even worse script. Diane Sullivan, aka Blaze, a television vj hosts a New Year's Eve rock concert. When she isn't working her middle aged, unattractive self onstage, a psycho is calling her everytime he kills someone when New Year's strikes in each US time zone. The director has no desire to hide the killer's face, it's his motive for killing that's the mystery here. If you can't figure out who he really is, you'll be kicking yourself for not figuring it out earlier or because you actually sat through New Year's Evil in its entirety. The average viewer will hate this movie because it is inept, not scary, or bloody or exciting. Lovers of bad 80's slashers can sit back and enjoy this silly horror flick which boasts bad acting, non-believable situations (killer vs. bike gang), and an array of ugly, comical characters (Grant Cramer of Killer Klowns as one of them). If anything, its most redeeming feature is a typical 80's heavy metal theme song that you can rock out to at least three times during the film! (e-mail me if you know where I can find it!)


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