Graduation Day [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
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Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.
After the death of a high school track star during a race, a mysterious, fencing-mask wearing killer begins murdering her friends and teachers. Who could the killer be? Her disgruntled coach? Her angry sister? Her violent boyfriend? As the bodies pile up, a twisted mystery unfolds, slowly revealing itself as it moves towards its bloody climax. One of the quintessential high school set slasher films of the early 80s, Vinegar Syndrome is bringing GRADUATION DAY to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4K and presented in its original aspect ratio for the very first time!
1. 4K Restoration from the Editor's 35mm Answer Print
2. Video interview with Director Herb Freed
3. Video interview with Star Patch Mackenzie
4. Video interview with Producer David Baughn
5. Video interview with Editor Martin Sadoff
6. Commentary track with Producer David Baughn
7. Commentary track with The Hysteria Continues
8. Original Theatrical Trailer
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : VS-050
- Director : Herb Freed
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 36 minutes
- Release date : September 9, 2014
- Actors : Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, Michael Pataki, Linnea Quigley, Vanna White
- Studio : Vinegar Syndrome
- ASIN : B00L3OAS5Y
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,768 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It's not all bad but this is one slasher that is in the bottom tier. There's no suspense and the build ups to a kill are awkwardly staged and the red stuff is, unwisely, sparingly used. The quite laughable red herrings are so obvious that they basically provide the film's real laughs and comical scenes fall a bit flat.
This is, however, one of those slashers that has a sympathetic villain that has a reason, albeit a deranged one, for his killing spree spurred on by loss and tragedy. Not wanting to have just a faceless enemy systematically hacking his way through just anyone; there's a method this person's madness (and a very clunky use of a stopwatch! - but it has it's purpose). In the end it's all pretty sad; but seasoned viewers will most likely have guessed who long before.
There are a few inspirational touches here and there; a beheading that comes out of the blue, Linnea Quigly does what she usually does in a horror pic and a minor shock moment that's well played out in the end.
End of spoiler.
Performances are pretty lacklustre but Christopher George is always likable, even when playing a not so likable character. Overall; "Graduation Day" will only appeal to slasher film fans but this fan was a little underwhelmed.
The Blu-ray is good; a/v quality is good (no subtitles though) and the extras are informative. Brings it up a star.
Christopher George would have made a good President of the USA; he had that presence to him, and though he more than likely didn't have the credentials to run the country (debatable, I know), he did make movies a more watchable commodity when he appeared onscreen.
So see this one if you can, I did and don't regret it. It kept me smiling throughout, and that's not easy to do in this day and age. I'm glad that Amazon is making these films available on their site as it gives us choice and that is important to me in this sweeping landscape of media delirium.
The flashing from scene to scene to scene to scene was nauseating at times, I’m lucky that I just get migraines from fast brightness changes.
But it’s a decent little whodunnit slasher, well acted and written.
Some of the deaths make you physically cringe! So give it a chance if you like a good old 80’s slasher.
This isn't a bad slasher flick following in the footsteps of "Prom Night"
and "Friday the 13th" with a decent cast, chilling score and gruesome
deaths. This set features good picture most of the time, but grain and
dirt are still present, audio is clear and extras include short interviews,
commentary and theatrical trailer. Fans of the genre may want to add
this to their collection.
I try to watch at least one movie from each year that is so bad it must be seen. Unfortunately "Graduation Day" is just plainly bad. There were some interesting moments but few. The effort to mislead the audience as to the identity of the killer was laughable and insulting. Pathetic movie.
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However, to its credit the editing and direction milk maximum tension from the scenes where something does happen, and the film looks pretty good on Blu-Ray (my first encounter with the movie). It borrows liberally from other slasher and horror films in places, and won't trouble your adrenaline glands too much, but it's been made with quality and care, and you could do a lot worse than give it a chance.