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Release Date:
26 December 1980 (USA) See more »
A celebration of the macabre. See more »
During a New Year's Eve celebration, a Los Angeles disc jockey receives 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"Crazy tricks. Must be a full moon." See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order)
Roz Kelly ... Diane Sullivan

Kip Niven ... Richard Sullivan
Chris Wallace ... Lt. Clayton

Grant Cramer ... Derek Sullivan

Louisa Moritz ... Sally

Jed Mills ... Ernie

Taaffe O'Connell ... Jane (as Taafe O'Connell)
Jon Greene ... Sgt. Greene
Teri Copley ... 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
Michael Frost ... Larry
Jerry Chambers ... Clerk
Barry Gibberman ... Hotel Guest
Michael Mihalich ... Policeman at Hotel (as Mike Mihalich)
Gerry Zanitsch ... Drunk #1 (as Jerry Zanitsch)

Mark L. Rosen ... Drunk #2
Bob Jarvis ... Policeman #1
Richard E. Kalk ... Policeman #2
Richard Brown ... Swamper
Mark DeFrain ... Teenage Boy
Julie Kaye Fanton ... Space Girl (as Julie Kaye Towery)
Lyle Baker ... Space Boy
Tim Cutt ... Ambulance Attendant
Jay Hapstein ... Ambulance Driver (as Jay Happstein)
Don Grenough ... Punker
Ryan Collier ... Bar Hustler #1
Mark Korngute ... Bar Hustler #2
Edward Jackson ... Punker in Car
Celena Allen ... Punker in Car
William Blair ... Punker in Car (as Bill Blair)
Christine Davis ... Punker in Car
Richard Israel ... Punker in Car (as Ricky Israel)
Clarisse Kotkin ... Punker in Car
Cynthia McArthur ... Punker in Car (as Cynthia Macarthur)
Roxanne Orbis ... Punker in Car
Justin Robin ... Punker in Car (as Justin Rubin)
Michelle Waxman ... Punker in Car
Randy Gould ... Phone Girl
Jodie Mann ... Phone Girl
Karen Mills ... Phone Girl
Adrienne Upton ... Phone Girl
Jim Amormino ... Clayton's Man
Doug Le Mille ... Clayton's Man

Larry Lindsey ... Clayton's Man
Lyle Pearcy ... Clayton's Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joseph Long ... Mental Patient (uncredited)

E.L. Woody ... Biker (uncredited)

Directed by
Emmett Alston 
Writing credits
Leonard Neubauer (screenplay)

Leonard Neubauer (story) and
Emmett Alston (story)

Produced by
Billy Fine .... executive producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Christopher Pearce .... associate producer
Mark L. Rosen .... executive producer
Original Music by
W. Michael Lewis 
Laurin Rinder 
Cinematography by
Thomas E. Ackerman  (as Edward Thomas)
Film Editing by
Richard S. Brummer  (as Dick Brummer)
Art Direction by
Julie Kaye Fanton  (as Julie Kaye Towery)
Makeup Department
Julie Purcell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Randolf Turrow .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Grenough .... second assistant director
Francine Kulla .... second assistant director
Art Department
Eric M. Breiman .... props
Bonnie Scott .... set designer
Sound Department
Marva Fucci .... sound editor
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound mixer (as Jonathan Stein)
Mark Ulano .... boom operator
Jesse Mestas .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Mike Terito .... stunt coordinator
Linda Terito .... stunt woman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jehuda Ayalon .... second assistant camera
Chris Dale .... concert lighting systems
Michael Everett .... gaffer
Greg Gardiner .... best boy electric
Alex Levac .... still photographer
David L. Parrish .... first assistant camera (as David Parrish)
Raymond M. Perosi .... lamp operator (as Raymond Perosi)
Robie Price .... second grip (as Robbie Price)
Ted Rhodes .... key grip
Chuck Wells .... best boy grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christina Tejeda .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Thomas A. Fucci .... associate editor (as T. Anthony Fucci)
Judith Oliver .... assistant editor
Linda Whittlesey .... assistant editor
Location Management
Mark DeFrain .... location manager
Music Department
Rex Deveraux .... music supervisor (as Rex Devereaux)
W. Michael Lewis .... conductor
Laurin Rinder .... conductor
Transportation Department
Angelo Demoso .... driver
Dennis J. Lootens .... driver (as Dennis Lootens)
Other crew
Soraya Afshar .... production secretary
Ron Davis .... production assistant
Rabia Dockray .... video coordinator
Travis Scott Reneau .... production assistant
Judy Wilson .... script supervisor (as Judy Blye Wilson)
Kent Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Long .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank J. Tsacrios .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Bill Gazzarri .... special thanks (as Bill 'Godfather of Rock and Roll' Gazzarri)

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85 min
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | UK:X | USA:R (certificate number not listed) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Director Emmett Alston has a Hitchcock style cameo as a bearded camera operator.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
References Halloween (1978)See more »
Simon Bar SinisterSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"Crazy tricks. Must be a full moon.", 23 July 2011
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Cannon's Golan / Globus productions join the low-budget slasher party. Another significant day of the year. Means a psycho going on slaughter spree. But actually the novelty of "New Year's Evil" is cleverly planned out (even with the usual staples, vague descriptions and contrived aspects) as the killer murders someone exactly at the strike of the new year. However this includes the different time zones across the country. When he does it, he calls in to a new wave rock TV special speaking to the hostess and then plays the recording of his female victim's death. This is the same memo, one after another. Because of the set-up, just like many horror outings during the 80s we get plugged by a couple of bands playing their music while we watch fans aimlessly mosh about. It's padding, but at least there's a purpose behind it. Although the constant cutting between the TV special and the killer did make the suspense a bit inconsistent, but still it all boils down to a preposterously intense finale and there's no hiding how compulsively nasty it can be. Watching the killer going about his business is rather amusing in a reckless way, because it never seems to be smooth sailing as he encounters difficulties of some sort in trying to achieve his goal. In all, while smart it does fall on the daft side. The killer stays in plain sight, no hiding behind anything although the film's well disguised twist took me by surprise and the motivation for our killer is rather grey. Maybe something to do along these lines ("Ladies are not very nice people")? Kip Niven is a treat as the sicko known as Evil. It's worthwhile for just his fun twisted performance and those phone calls. Roz Kelly is tolerable, but far from likable as the self-centred TV hostess Blaze and Grant Cramer keeps it unusual as her son. Chris Wallace plays the well-worn cop on the case. Also there's bubbly support by Louisa Moritz and Taaffe O'Connell. Director Emmett Alston's sturdy style keeps a raw edge to it and keeps it moving forward at a good pace, despite the moments of filler. Also the music score leaves a stinging shutter with the bone rattling cues Trashy, but enjoyable oddball slasher offering.

"The show must go on."

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