For those of us who grew up in the 80s, or even into the 90’s, video stores are a staple of our movie memories. In the heyday of video stores, when the shelves were still lined with the glorious rectangles of VHS boxes, horror played a key part in that format and many of the covers for horror movies have become part of that burned in memory core. One such cover that was in every horror section of every rental store was New Year’s Evil. Along with such well-known covers as Happy Birthday to Me and My Bloody Valentine, it became iconic. And now it sees it’s hi def debut on Blu-ray thanks to the wonderfully twisted folks at Shout Factory.
During a live broadcast during a New Year’s Eve punk rock show, host Diane Sullivan (Roz Kelly, Pinky Tuscadero from Happy Days!) is getting calls from a deranged killer who claims he will kill a new victim as midnight hits in three different time zones, promising to culminate the night by killing Diane herself. With the building locked down and a heavy police presence surrounding Diane, she must try to make it past midnight alive.
New Year’s Evil is definitely a nostalgia title. If you grew up with it as one of your favorite horror titles, you will love this Blu-ray. But if you, as with me, happened to miss this one back in the day and are watching it for the first time, New Year’s Evil doesn’t hold up as well as other fright flicks of the time. It has some decent acting my the main actors and some decent plot twists along the way, but man, some things that happen are just inexplicable and downright silly. You really have to suspend your disbelief for this one. But Shout Factory has given it the star treatment nonetheless with an impressive new transfer that puts all previous editions to shame and a nice selection of special features that are sure to please the fans. New Year’s Evil is still good for a laugh and a few thrills, but don’t be expecting a high calibre horror classic this time around. But it still has a kick ass title and iconic art going for it. And Pinky Tuscadero.
Audio Commentary with director Emmett Alston
The Making of New Year's Evil featuring new interviews with actors Kip Niven, Grant Cramer and Taaffe O'Connell and director of photography Thomas Ackerman
ASPECT RATIO ?