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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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This New Year's, you're invited to a killer party... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Director Emmett Alston has a Hitchcock-style cameo as a bearded camera operator. See more »

Goofs

Camera shadows visible in some scenes. See more »

Quotes

Guy in elevator: What is this... fucking SHIT going on here?
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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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Driller Killer (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Suicide Ways
Performed by Made in Japan
Lyrics by Anthony H. Fried
Music by David Stuart Codling
© Man-Yor Music
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"Crazy tricks. Must be a full moon."
23 July 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

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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