Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year's Evil

"New Year's Evil" (1980, Emmett Alston, Golan-Globus Productions, Cannon Film Distributors) is a slasher film set at New Year's Eve.

Diane, also known as Blaze, (Roz Kelly) is a new wave punk rock icon who is hosting a New Year's Eve countdown, concert and telethon in Hollywood. Her show is televised and linked to other New Year events being hosted around the US across its slightly varying timezones. During her telethon, Blaze receives a call from someone using a voice changer who boasts that he will kill a 'naughty girl' as the clocks strike midnight in each timezone and that one of the victims will be her. Worried, Blaze asks for more security, but will it be enough to save her from this midnight murderer?

There are not that many New Year's Eve/Hogmanay horror films out there as far as I'm aware. So I was pleased to find that this film offered all the cheese that I wanted. From the make up and fashion, to the tunes, to our 'master of disguise' killer and the concert crowd itself.... There's no way to say that this wasn't entertaining. Even if it was also not particularly great.

It's not big, it's not clever and, despite trying, the twists and turns don't really add much mystique to the plot. As far as slasher movies go, it's pretty standard fare and it's not really anything to get excited over. But for a theme film in a pretty niche area, it's entertaining enough.

[Image: Golan-Globus Productions]