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The last day of the year...or the last day of your life
Five shipwrecked English teenagers take refuge in an island hotel that is decorated for New Years. The problem is, it's early summer, and soon enough, even the walls themselves are striking out against them... | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Suzy Aitchison ... Lesley
Nikki Brooks ... Janet
Colin Heywood ... Spud
Mark Powley ... Rick
Catherine Roman ... Carol
Julian Ronnie ... Tom
Steve Emerson ... Dad

Steve Wilsher ... Ace
Jon Glentoran ... The Bear
Val Graham ... Housemaid
David Lyn ... Interviewer
Rory H. MacLean ... 1st Expert
Nick Dowsett ... 2nd Expert
Steve Edison ... Film Invader
Roy Hill ... Flying Cadillacs
Chas Cronk ... Cry No More band member
Tony Fernandez ... Cry No More band member
Jenny Bayliss ... Madame Zelda
Ian May ... Pilot
Paul Barrett ... Table Monster
Victoria Smith ... Snowball Girl

Directed by
Norman J. Warren 
Writing credits
Frazer Pearce (screenplay)

Frazer Pearce (written by) and
Hayden Pearce (written by) &
Norman J. Warren (written by)

Produced by
Maxine Julius .... executive producer
Andy Ordonez .... assistant producer
Hayden Pearce .... producer
Original Music by
Nick Magnus 
Cinematography by
John Shann 
Film Editing by
Carl Thomson 
Production Design by
Hayden Pearce 
Costume Design by
Katie Pegg 
Makeup Department
Jane Bevan .... makeup designer
Irene Ranger .... makeup assistant
Ros Wilkins .... makeup artist
Production Management
Quenton Annis .... production manager (as Quenton D. Annis)
Kevin Nelson .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Annis .... assistant director
Robert Champion .... assistant director
John Howard Davies .... assistant director (as John Davies)
Tara Fernando .... assistant director
Art Department
Hugh Haley .... stagehand
Huw Jones .... props
Lynden Lewis .... construction manager
Frazer Pearce .... set dresser
Sound Department
David Badger .... boom operator (as Dave Badger)
Henry Dobson .... dubbing mixer
Daryl Jordan .... dubbing editor
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Doug E. Turner .... sound recordist (as Doug Turner)
Special Effects by
Phil Rawsthorne .... special effects model maker
David Williams .... special effects supervisor
Steve Emerson .... stunt coordinator
Steve Wilsher .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Les Bosher .... focus puller
Nuala Campbell .... gaffer
Hugh Haley .... rigger
George Johns .... clapper loader
Martin Jones .... grip
Gary Willis .... electrician
Frazer Wood .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Curran .... wardrobe assistant
Sue Rawsthorne .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Marion Waldorf .... assistant editor
Other crew
Wendy Annis .... secretary to producer
Eric Bidgood .... production coordinator
Andrew Jefferson .... production runner
Sheila Johnson .... continuity

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USA:90 min
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Unrealizable New Year's resolution: watch less crappy horror movies., 2 January 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

If my personal resolution for 2008 would to avoid watching worthless, crummy and totally retarded horror movies, I already would have sinned with "Bloody New Year". This is quite an incoherent and severely unsatisfying hodgepodge of potentially interesting story ideas, truly poor scripting work, horrible acting performances and a painful shortage of gore. I expected a holiday-themed slasher storyline (in the likes of "Happy Birthday to Me" or "Silent Night, Deadly Night"), but instead this film is a bizarre type of ghost story/demonic possession tale. Six hugely irritating teenagers intend to spend their summer vacation quarreling with carnival carnies and taking boat trips too far off the safe English coasts. Their boat hits a rock and the sextet washes ashore an island where everything is decorated to celebrate New Year's Eve of 1959. From this point on, a whole series of ridiculous and laughable UN-horrific events takes place, including the ghostly appearances of housemaids, murderous fishing nets coming to life, distant buzzing and laughter can be heard all over the island and the teenagers gradually turn into a bloodthirsty demons with rotting faces. There's no waterproof explanation for the events, but the script repeatedly hints that the crashing of government plane, carrying a top-secret experiment, on the 31st of December 1959 caused the island to be stuck in a time warp. Still that doesn't explain how pool tables come to life or why soup kettles develop murderous tendencies, but who cares? The island setting is atmospheric and the time warp concept is admirable (particularly with the New Year's celebration), but the overall execution is very weak. None of the characters are sympathetic, so you really don't care whether they all live or die, and there's zero tension throughout the entire film. "Bloody New Year" is overlong even with a running time of barely 90 minutes and the total absence of graphic gore & nudity are unforgivable. Damned, this is an 80's movie starring 6 dimwitted teenagers AND it's directed by UK's shlockmeister Norman J. Warren! The least I expected from the creator of such rancid nonsense as "Prey", "Inseminoid" and "Satan's Slave" was a bit more mindless violence and/or sleaze. One to avoid.

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