New Year's Evil (1981)

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During a New Year's Eve celebration, a Punk Rock & New Wave show host gets a phone call saying that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, someone will be murdered--and she will be the last one.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Grant Cramer
as Derek Sullivan
Teri Copley
as Teenage Girl
Kip Niven
as Richard Sullivan
Roz Kelly
as Diane Sullivan
Chris Wallace
as Lt. Clayton
John Alderman
as Dr. Reed
Tim Cutt
as Ambulance Attendant
Jon Greene
as Sgt. Greene
Jed Mills
as Ernie
Richard E. Kalk
as Policeman
Richard Brown
as Swamper
Julie Kaye Towery
as Space Girl
Rich Brown
as Swamper
Bob Jarvis
as Policeman
John London
as Floor Manager
Mike Mihalich
as Policeman at Hotel
Barry Gibberman
as Hotel Guest
Jennie Anderson
as Nurse Robbie
Wendy-Sue Rosloff
as Makeup Girl
Julia Kaye Towery
as Space Girl
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Critic Reviews for New Year's Evil

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

New Year's Evil hit theaters the same year as the first Friday the 13th, and it's so unbelievably, unspeakably awful that it makes the Jason Voorhees slasher flick look as masterful as Psycho by comparison.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

New Year's Evil really is not a very good movie. But as a time capsule? Well, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't entirely watchable on that count.

Full Review… | February 25, 2015
Aisle Seat

"New Year's Evil" isn't high art, yet there is something irresistibly fun and darkly charming about this early-'80s slasher pic.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
TheBluFile.com

Offers gore and no more.

Full Review… | June 4, 2012
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Audience Reviews for New Year's Evil

A second rate B-horror film, New Year's Evil has an interesting concept but goes about it rather poorly. The story follows a killer who calls into a punk rock television show on New Year's Eve promising to kill someone every time New Year's hits a new time zone across the country. It's a rather frightful idea and the kill scenes are pretty intense. But it's all undercut by the terrible performances, which are dreadfully awful. Additionally, the "punk" music is just a bunch of generic tripe (with the exception of the title song). While it has a good gimmick going for it, New Year's Evil is full of problems that drag the film down.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

New Year's Evil is another in a long line of slasher movies based around major holidays. It also features a hard rock soundtrack based around the theme song to the movie, which tends to get old after a while. It's generally a decent movie, and the story is sort of nice for a change. With a sort of 'Maniac' approach to the story, we know who the killer is all throughout the movie and follow his progress as he moves from victim to victim. The ending has a twist that I saw coming from a mile away, so I don't know what all this fuss is about eluding to some 'great twist ending.' The acting is generally terrible, and the kills aren't all that interesting. The actor who's playing the killer, Kip Niven, thinks he's doing this big theatrical part, as well, but he's too nerdy to pull it off. I wouldn't call this movie a great slasher, but it does have some interesting aspects to it that wouldn't make me write it off completely.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

For some reason I really liked this movie, I suppose it was mostly because of the great ending, it was a fantastic twist, if you ask me. But, yes most of the movie is an average slasher flick. Still, it's enjoyable.

Aj V
Aj V

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