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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
Derek Sullivan
Jed Mills ...
Taaffe O'Connell ...
Jane (as Taafe O'Connell)
Jon Greene ...
Sgt. Greene
Teenage Girl
Anita Crane ...
Jennie Anderson ...
Nurse Robbie
Alicia Dhanifu ...
Wendy-Sue Rosloff ...
Make-up Girl (as Wendysue Rosloff)
John London ...
Floor Manager
John Alderman ...
Dr. Reed


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 »


Horror | Thriller


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December 1980 (USA)  »

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New Year's Evil  »

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At one point the killer hits a cop over the head and takes his uniform. Despite the cop being quite a bit heavier, the uniform fits perfectly. See more »


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 Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »


When I Wake Up
Performed by Shadow
Lyrics & Music by John B. Pakalenka
© Man-Yor Music
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It's a horror movie that in the end should be forgotten like it has been.
31 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

New Year's Eve to me is one of the most overrated holidays. It is a holiday where we wait for hours for basically just a ball to drop and it is just an excuse for party goers to party. It becomes more and more each year and is a tiresome thing. If it were up to me, I would just treat New Year's Eve as a normal day. The film, New Year's Evil from 1980 just adds more bad stuff to all of this.

New Years Evil is the story of Diane Sullivan who is the host of a cool punk television countdown show celebrating the New Year. She receives a phone call from a person claiming to be named Evil and saying he is ready to kill. Thinking it is a prank, Diane thinks nothing of it until learning from the police that a killer is on the loose.

The whole idea of this film is new. Not many films use the concept of New Years Eve and mix it with horror. It is interesting to watch the 80's music here and the drugs but still though, New Year's Evil's biggest problem is actually many things. The cast is not good and has nothing to them, the kill scenes are boring, and everything in this movie can be described as uneven. It is all filled with typical ideas with most of them coming from other films.

Another downfall is the killer. Played by Kip Niven who has a Bruce Jenner feel, the character lacks a lot of substance and gives no reason why we should even be interested in him. During the third act, the film throws us a twist that is out of the blue but it's comes across as more leaden than ever. This is a very bland killer.

New Year's Evil is kind of a hidden stoner film and it is also a film to watch to seek out some 80's music. Still though, it is a horror movie that I couldn't see as being very good back in 1980 and surely not good now close to thirty years later. It's a horror movie that in the end should be forgotten like it has been.

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