New Year's Evil
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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.
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.
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?Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Feels familiar because it is a good formula with creative kills and all that is necessary in horror. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ka-tet
Not much of a story and very predictable. Not much of a thriller and the music gets annoying after about ten minutes in.Published 10 months ago by Paul Schnae
It's not even good enough to make fun of; worst of the holiday slasher flicks by far.Published 14 months ago by Tim
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. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Girod
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