12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2014
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.
The plot is pretty simple, a killer is going around and killing people at each midnight in each timezone and he calls himself Evil. He calls into a punk countdown show and plays the cassettes (yes it was the 80's) back so that everyone can hear the killings. His primary target seems to be the host of the show.
I won't give anymore away but you find out who the killer is pretty early on. There is not a lot of suspense but the special effects are decent for a slasher. This is nothing exceptional but it is kind of a tradition to watch this every year so that's why I gave it 4 stars. I was surprised by the quality of the film, I figured it would be a rough "videotape" dub but it really was a clean copy of the film so it made it a pleasure to view as my old videotape edition is definitely seeing a lot of wear and tear.
If your into the 80's slasher films then this is one that you definitely should view. If you want the newer flashier and gorier (CGI) movies this one will probably not please you too much.
20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2007
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2013
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2015
Awesome 80s horror! I'm so glad I got this blu ray because it's ten times better than the crappy full screen version shown on Netflix.The movie is presented in 1:85 and audio is in mono HD and sounds good.The picture quality is sharp and the colors really pop out. This movie really looks awesome on my 65 inch led tv.For a better experience I recommend watching this movie late at midnight just like any other horror movie.
on March 23, 2015
Back in 1980 there were few holidays that didn’t have some sort of stalker/killer attached to them. What kicked off with HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH gave way to a new sort of horror film, one that was based around a certain holiday of social gathering. Thus we had SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT, PROM NIGHT, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME and more. Most of them ended up being decent horror films but not all. Fortunately this one turned out to be a solid film but maybe a bit on the low end at the same time.
The story revolves around Diane Sullivan aka Blaze (Roz Kelly), a rock VJ who has been waiting for her big break for some time now. This New Year’s she’s hosting a live music extravaganza where people will be calling in to the show to talk about their celebration as each time zone turns the clock from the past to the future. A national show this could change things for Diane. But someone has a plan to make this the last celebration she will see.
As the show goes on one of her first callers tells her his name is Evil. He informs Diane that he will kill a different victim with the celebrations in each time zone until the last one at which time he will be there to kill her. Taking the call seriously the police are called in and the countdown begins.
One of the interesting things about this film is that we get to see who the killer is from the start. It’s not a case of his voice only being heard or of seeing him in the shadows or from the viewpoint of the victim. The killer (Kip Niven) is always there front and center as each of his victims is stalked and killed on screen. The question becomes just who is this killer and why does he have a desire to kill Diane on this particular night?
Tied into this story is that of Diane’s son Derek, an actor as well who has just landed a plum role in a movie. While he wants to share this news with his mother she’s far too busy with her own career to pay much attention to him. But he isn’t alone. Her manager tends to keep her focused on her career and little else. Will this be the reason she’s being stalked? Or is it because she stepped on someone in the past? Just how does this killer tie in to Diane?
While I haven’t revealed who he actually is it won’t take long to figure it out. As many before me have said, this is not the greatest movie ever made. The acting is good from some and deplorable from others. The sets and look of the live show feel more like a high school production than a major television program. The music falls into the worst of the times category. Add to that a group of supposed punks in the opening segment who have nothing to do with anything other than to set the time period and you sometimes find yourself scratching your head as to what possessed them to include such things. In the end it doesn’t matter. This is one of those movies that may be bad but is a guilty pleasure at the same time. It’s a horror movie with heart, even if the production didn’t have the money to put all they wanted on screen.
The movie has developed something of a cult following over the years. I managed a theater that showed this when it was released and the movie did decent business opening weekend but dropped off the charts the next. It didn’t have the staying power of those other holiday killer flicks at the time. This new following has made up for that since.
The extras include something I love to see included. It has interviews with many of the cast members today, talking about the making of the movie, the good the bad and the ugly. What makes these interesting to me is to see what they look like now. After all this movie was made in 1980, well over 35 years ago now. Shout Factory has been doing a great job with these on other rediscovered horror films and this one is no exception.
Fans of horror films, good and bad, will want to add this one to their collection. Who knows, maybe it will become the movie to watch each year as we wait for the ball in Times Square to drop. It might also be fun to have a holiday hacker film festival. In any event, this one will not be for everyone but for those who are fans of the genre it’s a must have.
on March 7, 2015
Scream Factory will make many horror and slasher fans very happy with the release of the rare and long-sought-after holiday slaughterfest “New Year’s Evil” on Blu-ray. They definitely missed the boat for the 2014 to 2015 festivities, but never again will I have to watch a bootleg copy or wonder if it it’s streaming on Netflix. I have all the blood and guts in high-definition to enjoy from now on.
In “New Year’s Evil,” Diane "Blaze" Sullivan (Roz Kelly) is the host of a nationally televised punk-rock show on New Year’s Eve. She begins receiving calls from a mysterious killer (Kip Niven) who tells her of his sadistic plans. The lunatic will off someone at midnight in each of America’s major time zones… and she will be the last.
“New Year’s Evil” takes an interesting approach to the typical slasher flick. Instead of the killer being masked and the audience being left wondering who they are, the murderer is identified almost immediately. The mystery we’re left to solve is who they are and why they’re targeting radio show host Roz Kelly. What is the endgame of the stalker and why is he targeting the DJ?
Scream Factory gives enthusiasts of “New Year’s Evil” some engaging bonus material for its Blu-ray debut. Audio commentary from Director Emmett Alston is included. There are also new interviews with actors Kip Niven, Grant Cramer, Taaffe O’Connell and Director of Photography Thomas Ackerman. A theatrical trailer is found as well.
“New Year’s Evil” is rated R for violence, gore, language, adult situations, and nudity. If you’ve seen any other 1980s slasher films, you know what to expect. There’s also smoking and drinking at the big New Year’s party.
I don’t know how much more perfect “New Year’s Evil” could be. It’s a fitting and entertaining holiday slasher for a time of the year that usually gets lost in all the Christmas craziness. As a bonus, the movie is a reflection of the 1980s new wave and punk rock movements that defined the era. Blended together, we get a film worthy to be added to any horror fan’s annual end-of-the-year home entertainment collection.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2014
New Year's Eve is commonly one of the most craziest times of the year. There's high traffic, celebrations all around the world, parties, drunk people, and more. New Year's Evil capitalizes on the utter madness that New Year's brings and throws a killer into all the hoopla that comes with the last craziest holiday of the year.
It's New Year's Eve 1980 and the citizens in downtown LA are just getting ready for the new year by going out and celebrating all night long. Diane Sullivan is the city's most popular punk rock singer and her fans better know her by her stage name as Blaze. Diane is hosting a televised New Year's Eve celebration with music, partying, and allowing fans to call in to say their top song of the year as the countdown begins. All starts off well until Diane receives a phone call from a creepy man who calls himself Evil (seriously) and announces on live television that at the height of midnight in each timezone, he's going to kill a woman he knows until and that she will be the last one to be killed.
Not taking the threat lightly, Diane demands that her manager get extra police to secure the area. It all starts with the murdering of a nurse at a mental asylum and from there makes his getaway and on to his next destination; but not without calling Diane after each kill to taunt her. What was hoped to be a fun and exciting New Year's Eve celebration has now turned into a deadly game of race against time to stop this heartless psychopathic killer from slaying anymore women and getting to Diane. Who is this man and why does he want Diane and her friends dead? And on New Year's Eve nonetheless!
Overall: New Year's Evil wasn't bad for a story but it's hard to take the villain of the film seriously when they're calling themselves Evil--pronounced as E-Vil. But hey, the 80s were known for such ridiculously cheesy things in the horror department. New Year's Evil looks to be a bit on the low budget side. At least from looking at the quality of it, it is. So don't expect too much of a nicely budgeted soundtrack or even acting skills at times. This film seems to take elements from similar films such as Black Christmas and When A Stranger Calls and mixes them to make this movie. Overall, New Year's Evil is enjoyable; just don't expect a high budget or to be able to take the main antagonist who's calling themselves E-Vil, seriously. If you've got nothing to do this New Year's Eve; give New Year's Evil a watch
I really wanted to like this movie, and it does pull you in within the first 5 minutes, but it quickly goes downhill from there.
As the film opens we meet a DJ who's hosting a New Year's Eve rock-a-thon on TV, she is celebrating the New Year across the US Time Zones, and as her show gets underway, she begins taking calls. The second phone call she gets is from a guy she calls "the Phantom", who is using an amazing voice disguiser. The Phantom promises to kill someone on the hour through the night, until he can finally kill the DJ at Midnight, local time. We are then treated to a bunch of scenes of the killer as he wanders 1980's Los Angeles looking for women to kill.
This isn't scary, and it's not the so-bad-it's-good kind of flick that you can sit and laugh at. There are moments, like when the Phantom uses the kazoo thing to hide his voice where you'll get a chuckle, but those scenes are way too few and far between. For the most part it looks like a bunch of extras off the set of Magnum PI that got together to make a horror film.
I will give the movie and extra star for the soundtrack, which I'm going to see if I can hunt down, but beyond that, this is a dull, bloodless slasher.
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 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.