Bloody New Year (1987)
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There apparently did not seem to be a running script, as for much of the film, especially the beginning, it sounded like every line was ad-libbed and improvised, with people barely getting there short and awkward lines out. There is little dialogue, and what there is, sounds like the actors are either unfamiliar with it, or are completely improvising as they go. The plot is basically these kids are at a carnival and get into a beef with some local hoods, then escape on a tiny boat, which sinks and they end up on a strange island, with a deserted hotel that is completely decorated for Xmas and a New Year's Eve party.
The premise is interesting, but the plot isn't taken anywhere, and the movie completely stalls when the scenes shift to a sci-fi cause of all the casualties on the island. The special effects are very low budget, and not helping are the DVD transfer's colors looking rather washed out.
There are a few stylish scenes which save this from being the worst horror film out there. The best is when one of the girls attempts to ride the elevator, and upon pushing one of the floor buttons, it turns to soft mush, and then these arms protrude out of the back of the elevator wall to grab her and suck her in. This scene was ultra cool and it looked like the low budget actually made it look realistic, with the arms bulging through what appears to be painted latex. The cracking paint as the arms swooped in actually made it look very real.Read more ›
Almost all horror B-movies from this period were low-budget affairs. You have to like horror B-movies and the period or you simply won't enjoy them. What this movie lacks in sophistication, high-priced special effects and acting skills it more than makes up for with imagination and some really interesting and original scare scenes. One reviewer has mentioned the elevator scene. I also liked the way an everyday table cover transforms itself into a killing, evil entity.
Horror is imagination, mood and remembering how spooky the night could be sometimes when you were a kid.
I also liked this movie because it was British. That may not be a point in its favor to someone who is British, but it added just that dash of out-of-the-ordinary for American me. The British also have a strong literary and movie tradition of malevolent spirits, and this movie definitely had plenty of those!
No, this movie will not be one of those twenty titles I will view over and over and never tire of, but I'm glad I viewed it and I may do so again sometime. You just never know...
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I love this movie! This is a classic with a interesting title. That is why i didnt really hesitate ordering the dvd at $85. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Spike
Based on the review title, you can imagine that this film has many facets that congeal to make a crazy, tasty oatmeal of a movie. Read morePublished on February 28, 2007 by Mad Collector
Norman J Warren's last film to date is a guilty pleasure. A group of kids have a fight in a fairground and find themselves on a boat heading out to an island. Read morePublished on September 5, 2004 by The Soft Machine Operator