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Graduation Day (1981)

A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

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Herb Freed
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Coach Michaels
Patch Mackenzie ... Anne Ramstead
E. Danny Murphy E. Danny Murphy ... Kevin
E.J. Peaker ... Blondie
Michael Pataki ... Guglione
Richard Balin Richard Balin ... Roberts
Carmen Argenziano ... Halliday
Beverly Dixon Beverly Dixon ... Elaine Ramstead
Virgil Frye ... MacGregor
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... Ronald Corliss
Denise Cheshire ... Sally
Bill Hufsey ... Tony (as Billy Hufsey)
Linnea Quigley ... Dolores
Karen Abbott Karen Abbott ... Joanne
Vanna White ... Doris
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Storyline

After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

There are 200 seniors at Midvale High. And seven days till graduation. The class of '81 is running out of time. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colegio infernal See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$460,000, 12 January 1982

Gross USA:

$23,894,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of the film's release, there was a backlash from critics against the overabundance of slasher films being made. In a form of protest, many critics refused to review any horror movies in hopes that the lack of print publicity would have a negative impact on the films' profits. As a result, Graduation Day did well upon its premiere in Los Angeles (which coincided with many schools' graduation), but not as well on the East Coast, where it received no reviews from critics whatsoever. See more »

Goofs

When the band is playing during the skate party there is one instance where the drummer is sitting at his kit and not playing during the song. See more »

Quotes

[Sally has bungled her gymnastics lesson]
Coach Michaels: What happened?
Sally: I'm not sure.
Coach Michaels: What do you mean you're not sure?
Sally: I don't know.
Coach Michaels: You broke your concentration, that's what happened! I've never seen anything so sloppy!
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, the killer is shown holding the stopwatch he uses to time his murders. See more »

Alternate Versions

Australian version runs eight minutes longer than the U.S. release. This version was briefly released in the U.S. as a director's cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Killer
by Jeff Spry, Joe Spry & Doug Burlison
Performed by Felony (uncredited)
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now you're just looking for an event to mass-murder!
25 July 2005 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Why, of all the slasher films to come out of the early '80's, that Graduation Day is so well remember I will never know. Graduation Day is a far cry from some of the better '80's slashers, but it isn't the bottom of the barrel either.

After a high school track star literally runs herself to death, someone begins to kill the remaining members of the track team. But for what reason?

Graduation Day is a slasher film that's served with a big slice of cheese. You've got some corny characters, some unneeded musical numbers (not including the funky song in the opening montage), and some bad acting - no wonder Vanna White is only spinning letters now. But it has some merits too. There are some amusing murder sequences and the story manages to be engaging - if only for the campy elements.

So when all is said and done, you can do worse. But it's not worth missing The Burning, Curtains, or House on Sorority Row for.

** out of ****


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