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New Year's Evil (1980)

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During a New Year's Eve celebration, a Los Angeles disc jockey receives 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.


Emmett Alston


Leonard Neubauer (screenplay), Leonard Neubauer (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Roz Kelly ... Diane Sullivan
Kip Niven ... Richard Sullivan
Chris Wallace Chris Wallace ... Lt. Clayton
Grant Cramer ... Derek Sullivan
Louisa Moritz ... Sally
Jed Mills ... Ernie
Taaffe O'Connell ... Jane (as Taafe O'Connell)
Jon Greene Jon Greene ... Sgt. Greene
Teri Copley Teri Copley ... Teenage Girl
Anita Crane ... Lisa
Jennie Franks Jennie Franks ... Nurse Robbie (as Jennie Anderson)
Alicia Dhanifu Alicia Dhanifu ... Yvonne
Wendy-Sue Rosloff Wendy-Sue Rosloff ... Make-up Girl (as Wendysue Rosloff)
John London John London ... Floor Manager
John Alderman ... Dr. Reed


New Year's Eve is on it's way and TV's most famous punk-rock lady icon Diane Sullivan is holding a late hour countdown celebration of music and partying. All is going well until Diane recieves a phone call from a odd sounding stranger announcing on live Television that when New Year's strikes in each time zone, a 'Naughty Girl' will be murdered (punished), and the killer leaves a threat saying she will be the one to die last. The studio crew takes precautions and highten security, but on the other side of America, a hospital nurse is found brutally butchered. Who could be behind these murders? A crazed fan, a religious psychotic, or perhaps it's someone much closer to Diane then the police (or audience) could have ever expected. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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This New Year's, you're invited to a killer party... See more »


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Did You Know?


A print of the famous Birth of Venus painting by Botticelli hangs in Diane's hotel room. See more »


The sounds of the drive-in movie advertisement can be heard repeating some bits, several times. See more »


Richard Sullivan: I'm a man of God, not a man of violence!
[stabs biker]
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits crawl the speed of the crawl visibly speeds up after the cast but then slows again toward the end for the soundtrack credits. See more »


Simon Bar Sinister
Performed by Rock Band Shadow
Lyrics by Ray Mega
Music by Clifford White
© Man-Yor Music
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New Year's Evil
21 January 2019 | by ryan-10075See all my reviews

Punks lead us to the biggest New Year's bash going on to bring in 1981. Roz Kelly plays Diane Sullivan or Blaze who is going to be the host for the New Year's Eve party in Los Angeles. Three other time zones are linked in to the party from New York City, Chicago and Aspen, Colorado. A dark and mysterious stranger (Kip Niven) calls the show and tells Blaze that he will kill at the stroke of midnight, then leading to the cops trying to catch the madman before he kills in each time zone.

I enjoyed the movie even though there was no question as to who the killer is, but there are a couple twists later in the movie, that yeah I could see coming, but I still enjoyed it. I thought Niven did very well as the homicidal maniac and makes me perhaps want to watch it again sometime. The acting in general was I thought above what you see in average slashers. In addition I thought the music was very good by bands like Shadow and Made in Japan. Catchy title song with same name as movie as well.

Must say the ending was sort of setting up for a sequel and it never came. Not sure if the writers set it up for a sequel and the movie did not perform well enough at the box office to have a sequel made. Anyways, you may find it passable entertainment if you give it a chance.

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Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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Color (TVC)

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1.85 : 1
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