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New Year's Evil

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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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  • 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
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008BJTXJG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,441 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This one wasnt quite up to my expectations, not nearly enough gore and the plot was similar to others you have seen before . I have a feeling the only time i will be watching this one is on New years eve.
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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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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.
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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?
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By Joker on December 21, 2013
Format: DVD
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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