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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.

Director:

Emmett Alston

Writers:

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 Franks Jennie Franks ... Nurse Robbie (as Jennie Anderson)
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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A celebration of the macabre. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Released five days before New Years Eve 1981. See more »

Goofs

The sounds of the drive-in movie advertisement can be heard repeating some bits, several times. 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

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Temper Tantrum
Performed by Rock Band Shadow
Lyrics & Music by Ray Mega
© Man-Yor Music
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New Year's Evil
31 December 2012 | by Toronto85See all my reviews

A madman vows to murder someone at the stroke of midnight in each time zone in 'New Year's Evil'. Roz Kelly plays a 'Blaze', a famous punk music icon who is hosting a New Years Eve bash at a large hotel. During her television broadcast that night, a callers phones in and says he will kill someone each time the clock strikes midnight around the world. So that means that every hour on the hour, someone is getting killed. This isn't a whodunit slasher film, we know the killer's identity from the start. The movie follows him around as he stalks various women in Los Angeles, making sure he records each murder on a tape recorder. He calls Blaze after each murder and plays the tape leaving her frightened. Eventually, he makes his way to where she is at the hotel leading to a bit of a disappointing ending.

Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed this film. enjoyed it so much so, that it's become a tradition to watch it during the holiday season. I've always loved holiday horror, and 'New year's Evil' delivers. It is full of eighties cheese; the lights, the music, the hair - all of it. And the plot is actually interesting AND original! Having him murder at midnight in each time zone was smart, and it set 'New Year's Evil' a part from other forgettable slashers made at this time. The stalking scenes with the killer was done well too. He disguises himself before each murder, and makes his way around LA to different places (a bar, a drive in movie theatre) to collect his next victim. Some of the scenes with his next victims are pretty tense, and you feel for the women.

Where 'New Year's Evil' fails is with the killer's motive. They give a lame explanation, and I think the whole movie would have been better with a different motive. There is also the sub-plot with Blaze's son, who is clearly deranged. It is never fully explained what is wrong with him. Oh and the ending was sort of disappointing too. But other than that, this is a holiday horror film that all horror fans MUST check out at least once!

Happy New Year! :D

7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New Year's Evil See more »

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Production Co:

Cannon Group See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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