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New Year's Evil (1980)

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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.

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Emmett Alston

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Leonard Neubauer (screenplay), Leonard Neubauer (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roz Kelly ... Diane Sullivan
Kip Niven ... Richard Sullivan
Chris Wallace Chris Wallace ... Lt. Clayton
Grant Cramer ... Derek Sullivan
Louisa Moritz ... Sally
Jed Mills ... Ernie
Taaffe O'Connell ... Jane (as Taafe O'Connell)
Jon Greene Jon Greene ... Sgt. Greene
Teri Copley Teri Copley ... Teenage Girl
Anita Crane ... Lisa
Jennie Anderson Jennie Anderson ... Nurse Robbie
Alicia Dhanifu Alicia Dhanifu ... Yvonne
Wendy-Sue Rosloff Wendy-Sue Rosloff ... Make-up Girl (as Wendysue Rosloff)
John London John London ... Floor Manager
John Alderman ... Dr. Reed
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A celebration of the macabre. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heismorderen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The drive-in theater seems to show Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Feast (1963), but it is not. The movie showing is actually The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) a.k.a. "La Dama Rossa Uccide Sette Volte". It was also distributed under the name "Blood Feast," which has caused some confusion. See more »

Goofs

After the killer pulls over to kill one of his victims and threatens a couple drunks, the shadow of either a cameraman or crew member can be visible on the drunks, after the killer leaves. 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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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits crawl the speed of the crawl visibly speeds up after the cast but then slows again toward the end for the soundtrack credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Kill Count: New Year's Evil (1980) (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Headwind
Performed by Shadow
Lyrics & Music by Clifford White
© Man-Yor Music
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Cheesy New Year's slasher.
4 January 2010 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

New Year's Eve is coming.Diane Sullivan is holding a late night countdown celebration of crappy punk music and partying called Hollywood Hotline.During the concert Blaze receives a phone call from an odd sounding stranger claiming his name is Evil,who announces on live television that when the clock strikes twelve in each time zone,a 'naughty girl' will be murdered,then the killer signs off with a threat claiming that Diane will be the last one to die.Sleazy low-budget slasher flick which is perfect to watch during New Year's Eve.Punk rockers are dancing like zombies,the killer stabs to death horny nurse,the cops are bitching,the biker gang with knives is making trouble,etc."New Year's Evil" is relatively bloodless and it never tries to hide the killer's face.Kip Niven is pretty convincing as a misogynistic serial killer.6 out of 10.


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