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New Year's Evil (1980)

Roz Kelly , Kip Niven , Emmett Alston  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven
  • Directors: Emmett Alston
  • Writers: Emmett Alston, Leonard Neubauer
  • Producers: Billy Fine, Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan, Christopher Pearce, Mark L. Rosen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lonely women on New Year's Eve become easy prey for a misogynistic maniac whose resolution is to kill.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Break Out The Champagne! January 2, 2012
Format:VHS Tape
New Years Evil is an early entry in the slasher movie boom. Coming out hot on the heels of Friday the 13th, it's an obvious attempt at the "holiday" slasher movie theme. However, this movie doesn't take the Jason/Michael/Madman Marz approach of making the killer an almost supernatural, unstoppable juggernaut who never speaks. This is more of the When A Stranger Calls style, where the killer is a more true to life psychopath. No mask, no mystery. We see him constantly and half of the film is devoted to following him around as he goes on his spree. Basically he's the central character of the film. Throughout the film, "Richard" AKA "Evil" calls into a televised rock and roll New Years Eve extravaganza hosted by Rozz Kelly. His plan is to commit four murders, one for each time zone(New York on through to California) when the clock strikes midnight for the New Year. Th final murder is to be Rozz herself. Dear God, who is this guy?? Well, those fluent in horror films will figure out what's really happening long before the movie ends.
Not much in the gore or suspense departments, but the performance of Kip Niven as the sly psychopath is actually quite good.
But being that there are no surprises here, this movie will still be entertaining for fans of slasher films and classic(and I use the term lightly here)horror films. Fans of Resident Evil: 4-DArmegeddonwastelandplaguematrixripoff will simply hate it.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good watch for the true horror hounds! December 24, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
One star?!! Obviously, somebody doesn't appreciate low budget horror! New Year's Evil is one of the better "slasher" films of the 80s, in my opinion. I'm sure many would disagree with me, but N.Y.E. is way more interesting than the extremely overrated Friday The 13th Pt. 1, a movie so boring that I've only watched it once. I just saw N.Y.E. last week and I've already watched it twice, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna make my friends watch it on New Year's Eve too! N.Y.E. isn't overly gory and it's easy to figure out who the killer is, but this movie has that charm that only 70s and 80s low budget horror films can contain. If you love ignored horror gems like Sleepaway Camp, Night Of The Creep or Rock 'N Roll Nightmare then definitely give New Year's Evil a view.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS DVD-R LOW QUALITY TRASH December 9, 2013
I am not reviewing the movie here , but the product. I am giving it one star because I can't give it less. I find it hard to believe that these movie companies are selling us poor quality DVD-R copies at full retail prices. This is cheap piece of junk DVR-R copy with POOR quality artwork that looks like some kid did it on his home computer. What a load of crap. Don't buy this people , send a clear message to these companies that if we pay full price we expect a DVD with decent artwork. It wasn't good enough for them to start making their products in third world countries, with under a dollar an hour labor cost , now the greed gets worse and you don't even get a real product. Shame on these companies , I would not have paid $3 for this if I knew what I was getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'll pass March 30, 2014
By Onri
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Just started out as killing and sex. Had my fill. Cops were stupid and so were the people jetting killed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5,4,3,2,1 December 21, 2013
By Joker
For a description of the plot, etc., read other reviews. Just some quick thoughts on this "unsafe holiday" slasher...

New Year's Evil (1980) is one of the "no holiday is safe anymore" slashers that were being manufactured in the early 1980s. First we had the holiday movie that started it all - Black Christmas (1974), then Halloween, Friday The 13th, Happy Birthday To Me, My Bloody Valentine, April Fools Day, Prom Night, Silent Night Deadly Night, Christmas Evil, and on and on and on. New Year's Evil is a pretty decent low budget slasher that has a creepy killer. The acting is mediocre to below average. It isn't a bad flick, but it isn't great, either. It's entertaining enough to see at least once.

If you're in the mood for one of the countless holiday slashers, then give this one a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Always Come Well-Equipped!"... April 28, 2013
NEW YEAR'S EVIL is another forgotten slasher from the late 70s / early 80s. As w/ MANIAC, THE PROWLER, etc., NYE is due for a revival. A popular DJ (Roz Kelly) is hosting a big, televised NEW YEAR'S EVIL (yep, that's what she calls it!) bash. Meanwhile, a non-mask-wearing, verbal killer (Kip Niven) is planning on murdering a different victim in each US time zone, at the stroke of midnight! He calls Kelly's character, and lets her hear a recording of his first victim's death, and the game is on. While not the best movie of its type, it does get points for deviating a bit from the old, tired "stalk 'n' slash" formula. Worth including in your next holiday-themed horror marathon...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars you better watch out December 20, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
What do you get when you have a lame story, an idiotic supporting cast, a killer who is about as scary as the Easter Bunny and your biggest star is Pinky Tuscadero? A movie that Comcast's Fear Net shows for free because no one with their brain screwed on tight would pay to watch it. The entire story was so abysmal because there wasn't any character that could be identified with. Not the killer, not the heroine, no one. The ending included a slight twist. However it would have been a lot better if that annoying old redhead came crashing down with the elevator. If you like horrible '80s slashers that are so implausible that they're laughable then this may be for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful and not in a good way
Awful and not in a good way. Plenty of other, much better 80s horror flicks. Avoid! The movie is irritating in every way.
Published 4 months ago by James M. Pohl
3.0 out of 5 stars scarry
this movie kind of kept you in suspence throughtout. my wife and i finally figuererd it out after awhile but the movie was almost over
Published 4 months ago by jcarter
5.0 out of 5 stars good cheesy fun. largest bag of MJ as a killing tool.
We love this movie. it is a staple every NYE around our house. great 80's cheese. the acting is good and there is so much over the top it will keep you watching until the end.
Published 4 months ago by Jason P. Jurado
4.0 out of 5 stars New Years Classic
This is a flick that I watch every new years and probably have since I saw it originally in 1982. It's a typical slasher flick from the 80's and was one of the earlier ones. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Nervous
1.0 out of 5 stars Potential wasted.
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New Year's Evil (1980) * / 4
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Published 6 months ago by Brandon Sites
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE 80's HOLIDAY HORROR MOVIES
any of you fans of shadow and made in japan fans out there should come and get this dvd i am a huge fan of shadow the band from new year's evil watch this movie on netflix or buy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christopher N. Rulo
5.0 out of 5 stars The definition of an 80's slasher hidden gem
I am a jaded movie fan with a soft spot for the 80's. There's something about the 80's with it's polarizing "we're the good guys" and "communism is evil" that I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Boddicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality
Great Copy and still watch it today. Looking for more classic slasher flicks from this era. The Film is well preserved.
Published 11 months ago by Herbert Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars new years evil
its ok but is not the one i expected to get i tell you but the movie is ok with the lady who was in happy days as pinky
Published 13 months ago by seetheartsoftly
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