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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

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
...
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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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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This New Year's, you're invited to a killer party... See more »

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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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Tolerable slasher
30 October 2010 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

A rock show host dubbed Blaze gets threatening phone calls during her New Year's Eve gig. The caller informs her that he'll murder a different person each time the clock strikes midnight in one of the four continental U.S. timezones, and odds are that she'll be his final victim.

One of the few slashers to have eluded me over the years, it was nice to finally scratch this off the list. It's far from a top-tier effort in the sub-genre, however. The killer, played by Kip Niven, isn't the least bit threatening. He only dons a mask towards the end of the film, so he doesn't have that to fall back on either. Also, too many scenes of dancing punk rockers and filth masquerading as music for my taste. Now, there are some quality stalk and slash sequences. Most notable is one victim's unpleasant surprise in a garbage dumpster. We also get a hefty helping of cheese, mainly from the killer himself and Blaze's dopey son. The bit with the former dealing with angry bikers at a drive-in is gold.

Overall, I was entertained, but it's not exactly good. Not even close.


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